Monday June 6, 2022: Kelly Lytle Hernández on the 1910 Mexican Revolution
Kelly Lytle Hernández will speak about the magonistas, a group of agitators who challenged Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century. As noted in the description of her new book, Bad Mexicans, “Their cross-border insurgency, launched from U.S. soil, was a landmark revolt against the U.S. empire and the suffocating power Anglo-Americans held over Mexican lives. Through protest and armed rebellion, the magonistas ignited the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Pursued by the nascent FBI, the rebels wrote in secret code and organized thousands of workers to their cause. Lytle Hernandez documents how the magonista uprising, and the failed Anglo-American campaign to stop them, proved foundational to the history of race, immigration, and violence in the United States.”
Kelly Lytle Hernández holds the Thomas E. Lifka Endowed Chair in History and directs the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. A 2019 MacArthur fellow, she is the author of Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands, Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol and City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles.