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Rescheduled: El Paso Museum of History Presents Who did it? Good Guys, Bad Guys and Copper

In conjunction with the exhibit, TRACES: A Visual Record of the Deconstruction of the ASARCO Smelter, the El Paso Museum of History is pleased to present Dr. Phillip Mellinger, renowned author, who will present a provocative illustrated lecture on Who did it? Good guys, Bad guy, Saturday, July 7, 2012 beginning at 2 p.m. The lecture is free and open to all.

This interesting talk will take you on a journey of race relations between Mexicanos and Anglos in the Southwest during the first quarter of the 20th century. The history of America and racism, especially in heavy industry, has been a violent one and is not often taught in either Social History or Business Management Classes. Racism has diminished over the last century and a half in part due to organized mining industry workers who helped make it happen. In the major western mining states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Texas and Nevada workers’ mutualistas, unions, and other ethnic societies changed race relations. This exploration will tell the story of how the changes came about. According to Dr. Mellinger, “What I’m telling here is an alternate story – a completely different explanation of the sometimes-improving, sometimes not-improving racial and ethnic relations. If you want to understand Mexican-Anglo, immigrant-Anglo-American, and even black-white relations a little bit deeper, then that’s what this talk is about.”

Phillip Mellinger is an adjunct instructor of History and Psychology at El Paso Community College. He received his Ph.D in History from the University of Chicago. He has written numerous scholarly and literary articles and has given talks about Western history, mining industry workers and employers and racial and ethnic relations in the Western states of a century ago. He has recently finished a new book manuscript about Chicago in the 1940’s and ‘50s and is the author of “Race and Labor in Western Copper: The fight for equality 1896-1918” published by University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ. Copies of this book are available in the museum gift shop. There will be a book signing following the lecture.

For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Sue Taylor at 915-351-3588 or email at

The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors. It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as the Pass of the North.

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