AUTHOR. EDUCATOR. HISTORIAN.
Who is Matt Garcia..
If you have read any of my books or articles, or heard me speak on the radio or in a lecture, you know that I am obsessed with two things: where our food comes from and how the people involved in its production were treated. My fascination with this topic comes from my family’s experience in food production over three generations and for more than one hundred years in California.
From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement is the most comprehensive history ever written on the meteoric rise and precipitous decline of the United Farm Workers, the most successful farm labor union in United States history.
A World of its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 traces the history of intercultural struggle and cooperation in the citrus belt of Greater Los Angeles and explores the social and cultural forces that helped make the city the expansive and diverse metropolis that it is today. As the citrus-growing regions of the San Gabriel and Pomona V
Mapping Latina/o Studies brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the dynamic field of Latina/o Studies. Drawing on media studies, communications, history, education, literature, anthropology, popular music, and sociology, this collection explores the limits and possibilities of the category of Latinidad.
LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS
Immigration & Labor
Agriculture & Food
Sports & Social Movements
Los Angeles & the West
Eli Black And The Death That Changed Modern American Business
I am currently working on a biography of Eli Black, the former Chief Executive Officer of United Brands Corporation who, on February 3, 1975, committed suicide by throwing himself from the 44th floor of the Pan American Building (now, MetLife) in midtown Manhattan. He was later discovered to have bribed the president of Honduras and..
Food Across Borders
Food Across Borders seeks to examine this world in which boundaries create exclusions and dialogs, coercions and collaborations. In our examination we hope to uncover both the ways that boundaries represent true divides in terms of rights and power, and also create and reify false categories of “inside” and “outside” that often do not fit the realities of our current food system.