Over Here is an important contribution. It ranges with sensitivity
and insight across a disparate array of complex social questions. Ken-
nedy is even-handed, and especially persuasive about why some Pro-
gressives supported the nation's part in the war. His book joins John
M. Blum's V Was For Victory, about World War II, on that small
shelf that contains significant analyses of how war has shaped the direc-
tion of American society in this century.
University of Texas, Austin LEWIS L. GOULD
El trabajo y los trabajadores en la historia de Mdxico. Edited by Elsa C.
Frost, Michael C. Meyer, and Josefina Z. Vazquez. (Tucson: Uni-
versity of Arizona Press, 1979. Pp. xii+954. Tables, index. $28.50.)
Beginning in 1949 North American and European "Mexicanists"
have met periodically with their Mexican counterparts to present re-
search papers and discuss the state of their discipline. The fifth reunion
in this series was held in the fall of 1977 in the resort town of Patz-
cuaro, Mexico. This book is the published results of that conference,
and demonstrates clearly what John H. Coatsworth meant when he
commented in his own paper that the "development of historical work
in Mexico and in the United States in the past decade . . .has been
extraordinary" (pp. 870-871).
Although the conference was dedicated officially to the field of urban
and rural labor, the topics explored in this important work cover a
wide variety of problems and approaches. All of the papers as well as
the commentaries were published for the following sessions: Indian
labor in pre- and postconquest Mexico, acculturation, the black ex-
perience, forced labor, colonial hacienda and mining labor, the colo-
nial bureaucracy, artisans and domestic workers, Mexican-American
workers, twentieth-century urban and rural labor movements, as well
as studies of particular unions and industries. In addition, the book
presents papers given at round tables devoted to the historiography of
the state of Michoacan, archival resources, methodologies, and themes
yet to be researched by historians.
The overall quality of the papers is high. In the field of regional-
local history James D. Riley's work in the administration of labor in
colonial Tlaxcala, Pedro Castillo's paper on the making of the Mexi-
can-American working class in Los Angeles, California, 188o-1920o,
and Lief Adleson's study on petroleum unions in Tampico during the
192os deserve special notice.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101208/. Accessed March 5, 2015.