I am currently reading a section on the history of the long, love hate relationship between Arizona and Mexican migrants. In 1918 the Republicans took over Congress. Washington's Rep. Albert Johnson called a hearing titled "Temporary admission of illiterate Mexican laborers." Much of the hearing was a discussion of Joint Resolution 271, which basically gave the mexican laborer an open door since they were so necessary to the cotton harvest. Whites refused to work in the stark Salt River Valley conditions and the blacks had moved to the cities.
One of the classic moments from the hearing is when Texas Representative Carlos Bee said that "the Mexican is specially fitted for the burdensome task of bending his back to pick cotton and the burdensome task of grubbing the fields." His cohort and resolution cosponsor Representative Claude B. Hudspeth was not to be outdone; he believed that the Mexicans "...are an inferior race, Mr. Vaile, they are an inferior race of people."
Guess some things never change.
Will publish a lexicon of some of the great new words I have discovered while reading this book.