By Julia G. Young
In March 2015, I submitted the final page proofs for my book on Mexican migration to the United States. In June of that same year, Donald Trump gave his now-infamous speech in which he called Mexican immigrants drug dealers, rapists, and criminals. We all know what has happened since then: a nativist presidential campaign, a rhetorical battle with Mexico over the border wall, an upset election, and a growing number of deportations.
By Margaret DePond
From May 2015 to October 2015, I worked as an intern for the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC).
Al Camarillo is professor of history and the Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor emeritus at Stanford University. He lives in Menlo Park, California, and has been a member of the AHA since the early 1980s. He won the AHA’s 2016 Equity Award.
Felipe Hinojosa is an associate professor at Texas A&M University. He lives in College Station, Texas, and has been a member since 2008.
Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández is chair of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and associate professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Austin, Texas, and has been a member of the AHA since 2010.
On September 20, 2016, American Historical Association executive director Jim Grossman sent a letter to the Texas Board of Education expressing the Association’s “deep concern” about the textbook Mexican American Heritage, proposed to meet the state’s Mexican American Studies curriculum.
AHA Teaching Division Councilor Trinidad Gonzales (South Texas Coll.) and AHA member Emilio Zamora (Univ. of Texas, Austin) are part of a committee that has released a report citing numerous factual inaccuracies and generally poor historical work in a textbook proposed to meet Texas’s Mexican American Studies standard in high schools.
By Premilla Nadasen
Twenty years ago this month, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). The act transformed Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), a federal entitlement program for poor single parents and their children, into block grants, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families with the aim of removing people from the welfare rolls. Passed with bipartisan support, the 1996 act reflected a liberal/conservative consensus around the racialized nature of welfare and the need to encourage work rather than dependency.