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Railroad Radicals in Cold War Mexico: Gender, Class, and Memory (The Mexican Experience)

Robert F. Alegre

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ISBN 10: 0803244843 / ISBN 13: 9780803244849
Published by University of Nebraska Press, 2014
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Title: Railroad Radicals in Cold War Mexico: Gender...

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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Despite the Mexican government’s projected image of prosperity and modernity in the years following World War II, workers who felt that Mexico’s progress had come at their expense became increasingly discontented. From 1948 to 1958, unelected and often corrupt officials of STFRM, the railroad workers’ union, collaborated with the ruling Institutionalized Revolutionary Party (PRI) to freeze wages for the rank and file. In response, members of STFRM staged a series of labor strikes in 1958 and 1959 that inspired a nationwide working-class movement. The Mexican army crushed the last strike on March 26, 1959, and union members discovered that in the context of the Cold War, exercising their constitutional right to organize and strike appeared radical, even subversive.

Railroad Radicals in Cold War Mexico examines a pivotal moment in post–World War II Mexican history. The railroad movement reflected the contested process of postwar modernization, which began with workers demanding higher wages at the end of World War II and culminated in the railway strikes of the 1950s, a bold challenge to PRI rule. In addition, Robert F. Alegre gives the wives of the railroad workers a narrative place in this history by incorporating issues of gender identity in his analysis.


"[Railroad Radicals in Cold War Mexico] is a long overdue addition to Mexican labor history that belongs in undergraduate and graduate classrooms everywhere."—Myrna Santiago, American Historical Review Author: Myrna Santiago Source: American Historical Review

"A fascinating book that provides an original, well-documented perspective on modern Mexico."―A. Vergara, CHOICE Author: A. Vergara Source: CHOICE

"Railroad Radicals is highly recommended for both scholars and students."—Andrew Paxman, Mexican Studies Author: Andrew Paxman Source: Mexican Studies

“Alegre’s study fills a significant void. . . . An in-depth study of labor activism in the context of Mexico’s Cold War experience is long overdue in the scholarly literature.”―Susan Gauss, associate professor at the University at Albany, SUNY, and author of Made in Mexico: Regions, Nation, and the State in the Rise of Mexican Industrialism, 1920s–1940s Author: Susan Gauss

“The railroad movement in Mexico has been the subject of many books, but none as passionately written or meticulously documented as this one.”—from the foreword by Elena Poniatowska Author: Elena Poniatowska

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