Reading Lists

Interested in learning more about our research projects? Looking for a reference to something I mentioned in class? This page hosts a set of reading lists that you may find helpful. Everything is sourced from my Zotero library. Some of these have direct links, others you will have to look up in a library catalog or other database.

History 146C: Lecture Mentions (History 146C/Labor Studies 188, Fall 2016)

Baptist, Edward E. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, 2014.
Barkan, Elazar. The Retreat of Scientific Racism: Changing Concepts of Race in Britain and the United States between the World Wars. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Barrett, James R., and David Roediger. “Inbetween Peoples: Race, Nationality and the ‘New Immigrant’ Working Class.” Journal of American Ethnic History 16, no. 3 (1997): 3–44.
Bender, Daniel E., and Jana K. Lipman. Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism  / Edited by Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman. Culture, Labor, History. New York: NYU Press, 2015.
Bodnar, John E. The Transplanted: A History of Immigrants in Urban America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
Bogardus, Emory S. Immigration and Race Attitudes. New York: D.C. Heath, 1928.
Carbado, Devon W. “Yellow by Law.” California Law Review 97, no. 3 (2009): 633–92.
Conzen, Kathleen Neils, and David A. Gerber. “The Invention of Ethnicity: A Perspective from the U.S.A.” Journal of American Ethnic History 12, no. 1 (Fall 1992): 3.
Escobar, Edward J. “The Unintended Consequences of the Carceral State: Chicana/o Political Mobilization in Post–World War II America.” Journal of American History 102, no. 1 (June 1, 2015): 174–84.
Fahrmeir, Andreas, Olivier Faron, and Patrick Weil, eds. Migration Control in the North Atlantic World: The Evolution of State Practices in Europe and the United States from the French Revolution to the Inter-War Period. New York: Berghahn Books, 2003.
Flores, Lori A. Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Making of the California Farmworker Movement. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.
Gabaccia, Donna R. Italy’s Many Diasporas. London: UCL Press, 2000.
Gabaccia, Donna R. We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998.
Handlin, Oscar. The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951.
Hernandez, Kelly Lytle. Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2010.
Hester, Torrie. “Deportability and the Carceral State.” Journal of American History 102, no. 1 (June 1, 2015): 141–51.
Higham, John. Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925. 2nd ed. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1992.
Hirota, Hidetaka. Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy  / Hidetaka Hirota. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Hoerder, Dirk, and Christiane Harzig. The Immigrant Labor Press in North America, 1840s-1970s: An Annotated Bibliography. Bibliographies and Indexes in American History, no. 4, 7-8. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.
Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.
Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917. New York: Hill and Wang, 2000.
Jones, Martha S. Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America  / Martha S. Jones. Studies in Legal History. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Kraut, Julia Rose. “Denaturalization, Detention, Deportation, and Discretion.” In Threat of Dissent, 90–119. A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States. Harvard University Press, 2020.
Leon, Sharon. “‘Hopelessly Entangled in Nordic Pre-Suppositions’: Catholic Participation in the American Eugenics Society in the 1920s.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 59, no. 1 (2004): 3–49.
Lichtenstein, Alex. “Flocatex and the Fiscal Limits of Mass Incarceration: Toward a New Political Economy of the Postwar Carceral State.” Journal of American History 102, no. 1 (June 1, 2015): 113–25.
Loza, Mireya. Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. The David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
Madley, Benjamin. “‘Unholy Traffic in Human Blood and Souls.’” Pacific Historical Review 83, no. 4 (November 1, 2014): 626–67.
Martínez-Matsuda, Verónica. Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program. Politics and Culture in Modern America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
Massey, Douglas S., Jorge Durand, and Karen A. Pren. “Why Border Enforcement Backfired.” American Journal of Sociology 121, no. 5 (March 1, 2016): 1557–1600.
McKeown, Adam. Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.
Mohl, Raymond A. “The Politics of Expulsion: A Short History of Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law, HB 56.” Journal of American Ethnic History 35, no. 3 (2016): 42–67.
Molina, Natalia. Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939. American Crossroads 20. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
Molina, Natalia. How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts. Berkeley, UNITED STATES: University of California Press, 2014.
Molina, Natalia. How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts. American Crossroads 38. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.
Orsi, Robert A. The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.
Peck, Gunther. Reinventing Free Labor: Padrones and Immigrant Workers in the North American West, 1880-1930  / Gunther Peck. Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Ramírez, Catherine S. “Learning and Unlearning from Ethnic Studies.” American Quarterly 66, no. 4 (December 15, 2014): 1057–69.
Roediger, David R. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. London; New York: Verso, 1991.
Sánchez, George J. “Democracy in Trump’s America: Through the Looking Glass of Family Separation and the Undocumented.” Journal of American History 108, no. 2 (September 1, 2021): 255–69.
Sohi, Seema. Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Sollors, Werner. The Invention of Ethnicity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
Sollors, Werner. Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature. New York: New York University Press, 1998.
Stein, Marc. “All the Immigrants Are Straight, All the Homosexuals Are Citizens, But Some of Us Are Queer Aliens: Genealogies of Legal Strategy in Boutilier v. INS.” Journal of American Ethnic History 29, no. 4 (2010): 45-.
Waldinger, Roger. The Cross-Border Connection, Immigrants, Emigrants, and Their Homelands. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2015.
Weise, Julie M. Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910, 2015.
Wong, Tom K. The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity, 2017.
Wong, Tom K. Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control, 2015.
Zimmer, Kenyon, and Cristina Salinas. Deportation in the Americas: Histories of Exclusion and Resistance  / Edited by Kenyon Zimmer and Cristina Salinas ; Controbutors, Rachel Ida Buff [and Seven Others]. First edition. Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures ; Fifty-First. College Station: Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A & M University Press, 2018.
“Historians and the Carceral State. Special Issue JAH - June 2015.” Accessed November 16, 2016.

Primary Source Collections at UCLA or Online

Kinzer, Stephen. “In Chicago, an Ambiguous Memorial to the Haymarket Attack.” The New York Times, September 15, 2004, sec. U.S.
Wilding-Butler Division of Wilding, Inc. Why Braceros?, 1959.
South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). “South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).” Text. Accessed October 24, 2016.
“Finding Aid for the Kelly Lytle-Hernandez Collection of Border Patrol Research Papers 1918-1990.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“Finding Aid for the American GI Forum of California Papers 1960-2008.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“Finding Aid for the Service Employees International Union, United Service Workers West Records, ca. 1935-2008.” Accessed March 5, 2015.
“Finding Aid for the Collection of Material about Japanese American Internment, 1929-1956 Bulk 1942-1946.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“Finding Aid for the Chicano Studies Research Center Internal Files 1970s - 1980s.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
Survey of Race Relations, Stanford University Libraries. “Survey of Race Relations.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“Bracero History Archive | Home.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“‘La Batalla Está Aquí’: The Chicana/o Movement in Los Angeles.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“Making Waves: Filipino-American Activists in Los Angeles during the 1970s.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“Mexican American Civil Rights Pioneers: Historical Roots of an Activist Generation.” Accessed November 1, 2016.
“Donde Haiga Un Trabajador Explotado, Ahí Estaré Yo: Justice for Janitors’ Workers, Organizers, and Allies.” Accessed November 1, 2016.,%20Ah%C3%AD%20Estar%C3%A9%20Yo:%20Justice%20for%20Janitors%27%20Workers,%20Organizers,%20and%20Allies.
“The Corrido and Immigration: ‘Goodbye, United States.’ The Strachwitz Frontera Collection.” Accessed November 2, 2016.
“Farmworker Movement Documentation Project - Primary Source Accounts by the UFW Volunteers.” Accessed November 16, 2016.
“Interview of Robin Cannon.” Accessed January 17, 2017.,%20Robin.
“A Summary View of the Rights of British America: Set Forth in Some Resolutions Intended for the Inspection of the Present Delegates of the People of Virginia, Now in Convention / by a Native, and Member of the House of Burgesses — Viewer — World Digital Library.” Accessed March 26, 2019.
Los Angeles Times. “Monument Honoring ‘braceros,’ Mexican Migrant Workers, Unveiled in Downtown L.A.,” September 30, 2019.
KTLA. “Monument Honoring ‘Braceros,’ Mexican Migrant Workers, Unveiled in Downtown L.A.,” September 30, 2019.
“Finding Aid for the Rosalio Muñoz Papers, 1938-2012.” Accessed January 23, 2017.

Los Angeles Labor and Immigrant Worker History

Blasi, Jeremy, Aaron Greenberg, Katherine Marino, and Zoe Tucker. “Learning from LA: How Hospitality Workers Built Power and Changed Politics.” New Labor Forum, December 28, 2023.
Brodkin, Karen. Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
Glass, Fred. From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2016.
Laslett, John H. M. Sunshine Was Never Enough: Los Angeles Workers, 1880-2010. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Luce, Stephanie, Jennifer Luff, Joseph Anthony McCartin, and Ruth Milkman, eds. What Works for Workers? Public Policies and Innovative Strategies for Low-Wage Workers. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2014.
Meyerson, Harold. “The Red Sea: How the Janitors Won Their Strike.” LA Weekly, May 4, 2000.
Meyerson, Harold. “The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy: A New Model for American Liberalism?” The American Prospect, August 6, 2013.
Milkman, Ruth, and Veronica Terriquez. “‘We Are the Ones Who Are Out in Front’: Women’s Leadership in the Immigrant Rights Movement.” Feminist Studies 38, no. 3 (2012): 723–52.
Milkman, Ruth, Joshua Bloom, and Victor Narro, eds. Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy. Ithaca: ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2010.
Murray, Bobbi. “Living Wage Comes of Age. An Increasingly Sophisticated Movement Has Put Opponents on the Defensive.” Nation 273, no. 4 (July 23, 2001): 24–28.
Narro, Victor. “Si Se Puede - Immigrant Workers and the Transformation of the Los Angles Labor and Worker Center Movements Symposium: Immigrant’s Rights: From Global to Local.” Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal 1 (2009 2008): 65–106.
Soldatenko, Gutierrez Maria A. de. “International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Labor Organizers: Chicana and Latina Leadership in the Los Angeles Garment Industry.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 23, no. 1 (April 2002): 46–66.
Struthers, David. The World in a City: Multi-Ethnic Radicalism in Early 20th Century Los Angeles. University of Illinois Press. Accessed December 6, 2020.
Waldinger, Roger, Chris Erickson, Ruth Milkman, Daniel Mitchell, Abel Valenzuela, Kent Wong, and Maurice Zeitlin. “Helots No More: A Case Study of the Justice for Janitors Campaign in Los Angeles.” In Organizing to Win: New Research on Union Strategies, edited by Kate Bronfenbrenner, 102–19. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998.
Wong, Kent, and Victor Narro. “Educating Immigrant Workers for Action.” Labor Studies Journal 32 (March 2007): 113–18.
Zepeda-Millán, Chris. Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.