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Palomino: Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest

James J. Lorence and Donna Lorence


This book presents the first comprehensive biography of progressive labor organizer, peace worker, and economist Clinton Jencks (1918–2005). A key figure in the radical International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW) Local 890 in Grant County, New Mexico, Jencks was involved in organizing not only the mine workers but also their wives in the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company. He was active in the production of the 1954 landmark labor film dramatizing the Empire Zinc strike, Salt of the Earth, which was heavily suppressed during the McCarthy era and led to Jencks' pers ... More

Keywords: Clinton Jencks, IUMMSW, mine workers, 1951 strike, Empire Zinc Company, film, suppression, labor organizer, peace worker, mine works, Mexican American civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037559
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James J. Lorence, author
University of Wisconsin, Marathon County

Donna Lorence, author