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Colorado Governor Edwin Johnson: Politics and Race

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 by in Abstracts | 0 comments

Jennifer Anne Meredith
University of Utah
Member ΦΑΘ–ΑP
Published in Historia: the Alpha Rho Papers, Vol II.

Scholars have portrayed Colorado Governor Edwin Johnson as both a racist and a pragmatist in his dealing with minority groups. The paper argues that Johnson followed his constituency’s changing opinions on the proper treatment of Mexican immigrants. By looking at his two terms as Colorado Governor in the thirties and then the fifties, it demonstrates that during the Great Depression he heeded the call of his supporters to provide jobs for American citizens by deporting migrant workers. In the fifties, when economic tensions had decreased, Johnson championed better working conditions for those same migrant workers. By analyzing both Johnson and the populaces shifting attitudes, it demonstrates the ease in which poor migrant workers fortunes can change leaving them extremely vulnerable to market fluctuations.

Jennifer Meredith is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Utah. Her major field is Modern American history with an emphasis on the American West and religion. Her minor fields are Modern Latin America and gender studies. Jennifer is a member of the Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

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