Daniel A. Cornford and Sally M. Miller
This volume represents a selection of the most outstanding papers presented at the annual conference of the Southwest Labor Studies Association (SWLSA) in 1991. The SWLSA is one of the oldest in the country, having held its first meeting in 1975, with the association itself organizing in 1978. It, like the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, the Illinois Labor Historians, and other regional and state associations across the country, is devoted to labor studies, especially history, in the broadest sense.
The association brings together in annual conferences those with an interest in labor -- whether activists, teachers, unionists, scholars, or labor history buffs. Accordingly, it is not simply an organization of labor scholars discoursing with each other but one that encourages interaction across the barriers that sometimes exist between workers and those who teach and write about their protagonists' activities and culture. The SWLSA seeks to share the knowledge and concerns of workers and students of labor through the association's conferences, newsletters, and occasional publications.
The SWLSA is regional in scope, focusing particularly on the world of labor in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, as well as some of the surrounding states. Additionally, conference programs always feature