At first glance, this book’s narrow focus suggests that it will interest only specialists in the history of the home front during World War II, the history of Mexicans in the United States, or the history of Texas. However, Emilio Zamora’s goals are remarkably ambitious. Zamora sets out to add to the small but growing body of literature that internationalizes both the history of Mexico and the history of the United States. He also seeks to challenge dominant interpretations of the President’s Committee on Fair Employment Practice (FEPC). Zamora’s boldest aim is to take issue with “whiteness scholars,” particularly Ian Haney Lopez and Neil Foley, who have argued that middle-class Mexican Americans such as the members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) “made use of the official designation of Mexicans as ‘White’ to break with the black cause and, in some important cases, deliberately and even spitefully maintain the edifice of race.” (9) Although Zamora does not accomplish all of his goals, he does raise good questions about previous interpretations.
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