The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South (Paperback)

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In 2003, Leon Fink published his oral history of Guatemalan and Mexican migrants in Morganton, North Carolina, and their fight for unionization in a poultry processing plant. In the years since, Fink remained in touch with many of the people he profiled in the book, and in 2022 he returned to Morganton to interview them and talk with their children, new migrants in the area, and community leaders, particularly women. Their conversations covered a wide range of topics, including labor struggles and victories, grassroots and electoral political organizing, social activism (especially on issues affecting undocumented migrants), class mobility for second-generation migrants, and new cooperative worker-owned institutions, including a bookstore, a textile factory, and a preschool.

This revised and expanded edition of The Maya of Morganton reveals what Fink found on his return to Morganton, documenting two decades of continuity and change in a new preface and chapter. Together with the original material, the book presents a comprehensive yet intimate examination of the migrant experience in western North Carolina.&

Product Details
ISBN: 9781469682112
ISBN-10: 1469682117
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English