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From Zacatecas to California to Arkansas: Social Networks, Multi-Site Migration, and the Poultry Industry

Merrill Room (Francis Scott Key Hall 2120)
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 2:00 PM

The second in our Migration Exchanges Series will be a discussion with Perla M. Guerrero, Assistant Professor of American Studies. This talk will explore the factors that led Mexicans from the state of Zacatecas to immigrate to California in search of a better life and their subsequent migration to Arkansas. The poultry industry, central to Arkansas’ political economy for decades, was looking for a more exploitable work force and by 2005 Latinas/os constituted a major percentage of the its work force. In some plants in Northwest Arkansas their numbers reached into the seventieth percentile, while Arkansas’s Latina/o population more than quadrupled in one decade. The poultry industry diversified Arkansas more in two decades than any other endeavor with consequences that will reverberate through the rest of the century.

Light refreshments will be provided.
  

If you have any questions about this event, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Center For the History of the New America

Allison Gunn and Thomas Messersmith, GAs

2155 Taliaferro Hall

(301) 405-4305

http://newamerica.umd.edu