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PalominoClinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest$
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James J. Lorence and Donna Lorence

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037559

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037559.001.0001

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Mine-Mill and Social Change

Mine-Mill and Social Change

Economic Progress, Mexican American Activism, and Social Justice, 1945–1947

(p.45) Chapter 4 Mine-Mill and Social Change

James J. Lorence

University of Illinois Press

This chapter illustrates how Clinton Jencks began searching for the residences of local union leaders on his first day in Silver City. As Jencks scoured the towns and canyons in search of union officers, it became clear to him that these communities were rigidly segregated by race. Mexican Americans in Grant County suffered dual discrimination. First, there existed rigid social and educational discrimination within the community. Second, Latino/a workers faced sharp inequality in the workplace, where skilled jobs were denied them on the basis of race. Thus, from an early date he was certain that the key to success in organizing for Mine-Mill would be an effort that coupled economic freedom with a drive to gain racial equality and promote social justice.

Keywords:   Clinton Jencks, local union leaders, Grant County, racial segregation, Mine-Mill, racial equality, social justice, Mexican Americans

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