Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2017

ETHSTD 190.001 | CCN: 15068

The United Farm Worker Movement in Comparative Contexts

Christian Paiz,

4 Units


Histories of American radical politics in the post-World War II period commonly center on the 1960's protest movements - such as the New Left, Second Wave Feminism, Civil Rights and Opposition to the Vietnam War. While valuable, such accounts foreground white-identified actors and organizations, and problematically minimize the actions and politics of people of color. In this seminar, we will approach the postwar's insurgent politics through the United Farm Worker Movement. We will focus our attention on its members and allies (such as Mexican and Filipino farmworkers, white liberal unionists, and the Black Panther Party) and ask a myriad of questions: What did members and supporters wish to gain? How were alliances forged and/or abandoned? How did insurgency feel like and how did such feelings shape political visions?