The Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Chair in Western American history was established in 1972 by Charles and Annaley Redd, prominent Utah ranchers and philanthropists, to promote and honor research, publication and teaching in western American history. The chair was named in honor of Charlie Redd’s father, who settled and developed Mormon communities in southeastern Utah’ slickrock desert and established a sprawling livestock empire. Charlie described his father as “a man who lived a big life,” a somewhat lonely and enigmatic character with “many admirers, who regarded him as a giant.” Professor Ignacio Garcia, a pioneer in Mexican-American studies, is a prolific historian of the American Southwest. His work illuminates the emergence of Latinos as a major political and cultural force in the region. His scholarly monographs have explored political power in the West, from the ways in which internal dynamics of local organizations interact with the external pressures of racialized power and privilege, to the ways in which reclaimed ethnic and racial identities influence grassroots organizations. A tireless advocate of civil rights and liberties, Professor Garcia cares deeply about those who labor under the weight of prejudice and poverty. He seeks to expand our view of the West by exploring the global connections and implications of this much-studied region.
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