Deference and Defiance in Monterrey: Workers, Paternalism, by Michael Snodgrass

By Michael Snodgrass

Michael Snodgrass explores how employees and industrialists perceived, spoke back to and helped make sure the end result of Mexico's revolution over a sixty-year interval. His learn starts with Monterrey's emergence as certainly one of Latin-America's preeminent commercial towns and residential to Mexico's strongest enterprise team. Snodgrass explores the roots of 2 special and enduring platforms of commercial relatives that have been ancient results of the revolution: corporation paternalism and militant unionism. This e-book deals an city and commercial point of view to a heritage of progressive Mexico overshadowed by means of reports of the geographical region.

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65 Anarchist labor activists organized among the printers, bakers, tramway drivers, smeltermen, and construction workers. They all declared their affiliation with the Mexico City–based House of the World Worker (Case del Obrero Mundial) in the early 1910s, by which time Monterrey became the COM’s most active provincial chapter. John M. Hart, Anarchism and the Mexican Working Class (Austin, 1987), 84, 115, 127. 66 Niemeyer, El General Bernardo Reyes, 136–38; Javier Rojas Sandoval, Antecedentes hist´oricos del movimiento oberero en Monterrey (Monterrey, 1987), 22–24.

22 As the brewing business boomed, the Garza Sadas diversified their holdings by producing for themselves such foreign imports as malt, packaging, and bottle tops. Opening in the 1920s, those subsidiaries – Malta, Tit´an, and Famosa – became Mexico’s largest suppliers of their respective products. The Monterrey brewery gained its greatest competitive edge when the Garza Sada family ventured into glass production. An initial foray into bottle making collapsed in 1903 after a contract dispute with the firm’s German glass blowers.

13 Francisco Vela Gonz´alez, Diario de la revoluci´on (Mexico, 1971); Urquizo, Memorias de campa˜na, 45; Union Fraternal de Obreros of La Fama to Departamento del Trabajo, Aug. 2, 1914, AGN: Trabajo, 75/37. 14 For help they turned to the new Labor Department that President Madero had established. In particular, they appealed to a small force of federal labor inspectors, men whose influential roles in Mexican labor history is belied by the little we know about them. They arrived to Monterrey entrusted with several tasks: collecting data, counseling workers, and mediating their disputes.

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