Lori Flores, an assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University, won an ward for Best History Book from the International Latino Book Awards for her first book, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016).
The International Latino Book Awards were held on September 8 at California State University Dominguez Hills and featured 257 author and publisher honorees from across the United States and from 16 other countries.
In the book, Flores analyzes the struggle for civil and labor rights in California’s Salinas Valley from the 1940s to the present. As she gives a history of how Mexican communities fought for equality, Flores offers crucial insights about today’s growing U.S. Latino demographic, the ongoing campaign for farmworker justice and future immigration policy.
Flores teaches about the histories of Latinos in the U.S., labor and immigration, the American working class, the U.S. West and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Grounds for Dreaming also won an honorable mention from the Western Association of Women Historians’ Gita Chaudhuri Book Prize, which honors the best book on the history of women in rural environments.