Laredo, TX – The Webb County Heritage Foundation will host a book-signing for Gabriela Gonzalez, author of Redeeming La Raza: Transborder Modernity, Race, Respectability, and Rights, on Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza St. in Laredo. A presentation by the author will take place at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale that evening.
According to publisher’s notes, “The transborder modernization of Mexico and the American Southwest during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries transformed the lives of ethnic Mexicans across the political divide. While industrialization, urbanization, technology, privatization, and wealth concentration benefitted some, many more experienced dislocation, exploitative work relations, and discrimination based on race, gender, and class… Political activism spearheaded by individuals and organizations such as the Idars, Leonor Villegas’ de Magnón’s White Cross, the Magonista movement, the Munguias, Emma Tenayuca, and LULAC emerged in the borderlands to address the needs of ethnic Mexicans whose lives were shaped by racism, patriarchy, and poverty… Redeeming La Raza examines efforts of activists to create a dignified place for ethnic Mexicans in American society by challenging white supremacy and the segregated world it spawned.”
Gabriela González is associate professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she teaches courses on the US-Mexico borderlands, Latinx history, and women’s history. She has written articles on transborder activists, among these “Carolina Munguía and Emma Tenayuca: The Politics of Benevolence and Radical Reform, 1930s,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, and “Jovita Idar: The Ideological Origins of a Transnational Advocate for La Raza,” in Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University in 2005 and is a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow.
For more information, please contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation at (956) 727-0977.