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Pro-immigrant conservatism is back?!

Since I put the finishing touches on Corazón de Dixie in 2015, Trumpism and its anti-immigrant rhetoric have overtaken the Republican Party. The term “pro-immigrant conservatism”—a phenomenon I documented in my chapter on rural Georgia from the 1960s-80s—today seems more

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Mexicanos in New Orleans: back to the 19th century

There is some fabulous new research coming out now on the histories of Latinxs in the U.S. South. For example, I just read, “Brokering Modernity: The World’s Fair, Mexico’s Eighth Cavalry Band, and the Borderlands of New Orleans Music, 1884-1910.”

Trump’s inaugural: “Bring back our borders.”

In his inaugural address today, Donald Trump promised to “bring back our borders.” The refrain is inaccurate (U.S. borders were not seriously policed until the 1990s and are more policed today than ever before) but it is familiar. Lately this line has echoed

Business vs. Conservatism redux and the history of immigrant driver’s licenses in NC

All the way back to the proclamation of the “New South” in the late 19th century, Southern business leaders have tried to project an image of their region’s openness and progressiveness to attract and keep investment, while a range of

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North Carolina immigration politics, now and then

Under the leadership of Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina has hopped onto the bandwagon of GOP-led states trying to make life as difficult as possible for immigrants, particularly but not exclusively those without papers. I weighed in on this in

Rafael Landrove, Mississippi activist of the 1920s

Fortunately for me, Mississippi’s most prominent Mexican activist in the 1920s-30s had an unusual name: Rafael Landrove. Because his name was unusual, I was able to learn lots about his background from genealogical records, which I recount in Chapter 2.

Blog de Corazón de Dixie

It’s only been six months since I sent Corazón de Dixie into copyediting, yet already new reading has caused me to reconsider the nuances of some of the things I argued. I am also bursting with things to say about