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Galarza, Ernesto

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1984 AD
Nationality: Mexican
Categories: Labor Leader, Writers

1905 – Born on August 15th in Jalcocotán, Nayarit, Mexico. He was a civil rights and labor activist, a scholar, and a pioneer during the decades when Mexican Americans had few public advocates.

1929-1944 – One of Stanford’s first Chicano alumni, Galarza received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

1956 – His works include: Strangers in our Fields, Merchants of Labor, Spiders in the House and Workers in the Fields, Barrio Boy, Farm Workers and Agribusiness in California, and Tragedy at Chualar.

1964-1971 – His books most notably include the Merchants of Labor, on the exploitation of Mexican contract workers, and the Barrio Boy.

1979 – Dr. Galarza was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1998 – Inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 9th.