Sunday, December 05, 2010

Dr. Emilio Zamora wins Texas Philosophical Award for Best Book on Texas for 2010

I write to share wonderful news that Emilio Zamora won another major book award, this time from the Philosophical Society of Texas> for the best book for 2010, winning the best book in Texas for fiction and non-fiction. This is now the fourth award for his book, Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas: Mexican Workers and Job Politics During World War II (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2009). The other awards are from the Texas State Historical Association, the Texas Institute for Letters, and the Tejano Geneological Society, Austin, Texas. Were it not that he had already won the T.R. Fehrenbach award for The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas, he would have been a solid candidate for that one, too (inside info :-)

He receive the award in my hometown of San Angelo, Texas this past Saturday on December 4, 2010.

I’ve read this book. It is excellent and it’s a great Christmas gift and available for purchase at

Emilio’s breadth of work and scholarship encourages the view that a forceful re-articulation of human and civil rights is the direction that we, too, must take for these times of deepening inequalities.

Angela Valenzuela

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