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Afternoon Lecture with Geraldo L. Cadava

Taliaferro Hall 2110
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Please join us for an afternoon lecture with Geraldo L. Cadava on his recent book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland​ (Harvard, 2013)

 

Geraldo Cadava (Northwestern) specializes in United States history, with emphases on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and Latino populations.  His book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard, 2013), won the 2014 Frederick Jackson Turner Award. It is about the shared cultural and commercial ties between Arizona and Sonora that demonstrate how the United States and Mexico continue to shape one another, despite their political and ethnic divisions. From the 1940s forward, a flourishing cross-border traffic developed in the Arizona-Sonora Sunbelt, as the migrations of entrepreneurs, tourists, shoppers, and students maintained a densely connected transnational corridor. Politicians on both sides worked to cultivate a common ground of free enterprise, spurring the growth of manufacturing, ranching, agriculture, and service industries. However, these modernizing forces created conditions that marginalized the very workers who propped up the regional economy, and would eventually lead to the social and economic instability that has troubled the Arizona-Sonora borderland in recent times. 

Professor Cadava’s next project focuses on Latino Conservatism.  Other research interests include memories of the U.S.-Mexico War between 1846 and 1916 and the movement of Mexican and Mexican-American artists between Mexico and the United States, from 1920 to 2000.

 

A copy of Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland​ (Harvard, 2013) is available for review in the Miller Center.

Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to millercenter@umd.edu