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A Writer's View of Arizona's Immigration Conflicts PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:41

"State Out Of The Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream" is awardwinning journalist and historian Jeff Biggers' account of how the state's conflicts over immigration, Ethnic Studies and state's rights have become a national bellwether, filtered through the lens of cultural history.

Arizona is not only home to some of the most virulent anti-immigration legislation in the country—it is also the birthplace of a new movement of young Latino activists and allies who successfully recalled the self-proclaimed architect of SB 1070 in a historic election. They are mobilizing to defend Mexican American Studies, civil rights and the state's education system from censorship.

"When you do have these anti-immigrant spasms there is always going to be a push back and we actually have had some progress," Biggers said.

"We have had some incredibly progressive movements of labor a hundred year ago that not only defined Arizona but had a national impact."

Biggers grew up in Tucson, AZ, and has worked as a writer and educator across the United States, Europe, India, and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon, among many others newspapers, magazines and online journals. He also blogs regularly for the Huffington Post.

His numerous honors include an American Book Award, the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting, a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, a Plattner Award for Appalachian Literature, the Delta Award for Southern Illinois literature, a Field Foundation Fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award/Fellowship.

– Andres Chavez

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