New Books Network

David G. García, “Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality” (U California Press, 2018)
Most Americans have a limited understanding of the history of segregation in the United States. While many are taught that segregation was as an institution of social control that dominated Southern society, economics, and politics from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, a much smaller... Read More
John Weber, “From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century” (UNC Press, 2015)
John Weber, Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University, discusses his book, From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), migrant agricultural labor, immigration policy, and the long-term impacts of the labor relations model that developed... Read More
A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, “Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City” (Basic Books, 2019)
In A. K. Sandoval-Strausz’s recent work, Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City (Basic Books, 2019), ties together a magnificent story of Latinos migrating to Chicago and Dallas, and the positive effect immigration and cultural heritage has on urban America. Latinos are often viewed on the sidelines of... Read More
Mario T. García, “Father Luis Olivares, A Biography: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles” (UNC Press, 2018)
As the leader of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles during the 1980s, Father Luis Olivares brazenly defied local Catholic authorities and the federal government by publicly offering sanctuary to Central American migrants fleeing political violence and civil war, and later extending it to undocumented Mexican immigrants unable to legalize... Read More
Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, “Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean” (Princeton UP, 2019)
In the late nineteenth century, a small group of Cubans and Puerto Ricans of African descent settled in the segregated tenements of New York City. At an immigrant educational society in Greenwich Village, these early Afro-Latino New Yorkers taught themselves to be poets, journalists, and revolutionaries. At the same time,... Read More
C. J. Alvarez, “Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US-Mexico Divide” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Recent debates over the building of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico divide have raised logistical and ethical issues, leaving the historical record of border building uninvoked. A recent book, written by UT Austin professor Dr. C.J.  Alvarez, offers an over one-hundred-year history that extends to before the building of... Read More
Benjamin Francis-Fallon, “The Rise of the Latino Vote: A History” (Harvard UP, 2019)
While media pundits continually speculate over the future leanings of the so-called “Latino vote,” Benjamin Francis-Fallon historicizes how Latinos were imagined into a national electoral constituency in his new book The Rise of the Latino Vote: A History (Harvard University Press, 2019). Francis-Fallon, Assistant Professor of History at Western Carolina... Read More
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, “Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump” (NYU Press, 2019)
Immigration is one of the most complex issues of our time in the United States and around the world. Enforcing immigration law in the U.S. involves a mix of courts and executive agencies with lots of opportunities for confusion, miscommunication, and changes in approach from administration to administration. While these... Read More
William D. Lopez, “Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
What happens to families and communities after immigration raids? William D. Lopez answers this question and more in his new book Separated: Family & Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019). Using ethnographic methods and interviews to deep dive into the aftermath of a local... Read More