Carey McWilliams (1905-80) was an attorney with the firm, Black, Hammack and McWilliams in Los Angeles (1927-38), chief of
the Division of Immigration and Housing for the State of California (1938-42). McWilliams later worked for
The Nation (1945-75). He also wrote numerous books on race and migrant labor issues. The collection consists of research materials,
including correspondence, reports, and clippings about migrant farm labor in California and the problems of Mexican Americans.
Carey McWilliams was born December 13, 1905 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; JD, University of Southern California; attorney,
Black, Hammack & McWilliams, Los Angeles, 1927-38; chief of Division of Immigration and Housing, State of California, 1938-42;
contributing editor, associate editor, and editorial director, The Nation, 1945-55; editor, The Nation, 1955-1975; some of his books include: Ambrose Bierce, a Biography (1929), Factories in the Field: the Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California (1939), Ill Fares the Land: Migrants and Migratory Labor in the United States (1942), Brothers Under the Skin (1943); Prejudice: Japanese-Americans, Symbol of Racial Intolerance (1944), Southern California Country: an Island on the Land (1946), A Mask for Privilege: Anti-Semitism in America (1948), The Education of Carey McWilliams (1979); died June 27, 1980 in New York, New York.
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