Latinx History In California: New Research from LRC Visiting Scholars Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez And Lilia Soto

Lecture | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez, Columbia University; Lilia Soto, University of Wyoming

 The Latinx Research Center

Two lectures on Latinx history in California.

“The Legal Origins of the U.S. Agricultural Child Labor Force: U.S. Child Labor Policy and the of Making Child Migrants in California and Beyond." by Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez.

The U.S. currently employs between 200,000 and 500,000 mostly Latinx agricultural child laborers a year, in spite of the fact that a federal child labor ban was implemented in 1938. This talk examines the agricultural exemptions built into federal labor law over the twentieth century and the legislative and legal advocacy that emerged to try to eradicate child labor on farms. It challenges our understanding of U.S. immigration exclusion and traces the origins of our contemporary agricultural child labor force.

"Carolina Bale: A Dowry, A Winery, and A Forgotten History" by Dr. Lilia Soto.

Charles Krug, canonized in the Napa Valley narrative is credited as the winemaker who first made wine for consumption and production in the late 1860s. Although he made his wealth because of his wife’s land, Carolina Bale (grandniece to Mariano Vallejo), her presence in the Napa Valley narrative remains elusive, almost ghost-like. This paper focuses on mid to late 19th Century California and examines lingering consequences of Californio and Mexican Napa, the numerous identities that point to the legacy of conquest, of interracial marriage, of memory and how such are negotiated. I situate the past within present day Napa as it points to a continuous invisibility of Mexicans in Napa, particularly women.