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John H. Flores

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041808

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041808.001.0001

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The Rise of the Postrevolution Mexican Left in Chicago

The Rise of the Postrevolution Mexican Left in Chicago

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The Mexican Revolution in Chicago

John H. Flores

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the rise of the Mexican nationalist left in Chicago. The emergence of fascism in Europe, the international communist movement’s shift toward anti-fascist Popular Front politics, and the election of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico motivated Mexican laborers in Chicago to join the Frente Popular Mexicano, a transnational organization founded by the Partido Comunista Mexicano in Mexico City. Frente activists were antifascist, anti-imperialist, and pro-unionization, and over time, they formed coalitions with Spaniards, Cubans, Confederacion de Trabajadores de Mexico (CTM) officials, and then members of the newly formed Congress of Industrial Organizations. Galvanized by the Cardenas presidency, Mexican radicals reinforced the nationalism of the broader Mexican population of Chicago, discouraged Mexicans from becoming U.S. citizens, but encouraged them to support the U.S. labor movement.

Keywords:   Frente Popular Mexicano, Lazaro Cardenas, Partido Comunista Mexicano (PCM), Popular Front, Socialist Education, Secretaria de Educacion Publica, Confederacion de Trabajadores de Mexico (CTM), Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), Spanish Civil War, Cubans

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