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Geraldo Cadava: The Silenced Minority, the Rise and Fall of the Hispanic Conservative Movement

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 16, 2019. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
EDUC, 114
Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity 2018
Meeting Description: 

Geraldo Cadava will workshop chapters from his book in progress on the history of Hispanics and the Republican Party since the 1950s, to be published by Ecco in spring 2020. The book examines how the Republican Party has built a Hispanic base that continues to support Republican politicians, even when they seem to be doing everything they can to alienate them. More than individual issues like Catholicism or Cuban exile politics—the issues generally believed to explain conservatism among Hispanics—partisan loyalty built over a long period of time, and in the crucible of U.S.-Latin American relations broadly, explains their enduring identification as Republicans.

Geraldo Cadava is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University. He is also the director of Northwestern’s Program in Latina and Latino Studies. He is the author of Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard, 2013).