Book cover of Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandezby Kelly Lytle Hernández

Longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction

One of The New Yorker’s Best Books of 2022

“Rebel historian” Kelly Lytle Hernández reframes our understanding of U.S. history in this groundbreaking narrative of revolution in the borderlands.

Bad Mexicans tells the dramatic story of the magonistas, the migrant rebels who sparked the 1910 Mexican Revolution from the United States. Led by a brilliant but ill-tempered radical named Ricardo Flores Magón, the magonistas were a motley band of journalists, miners, migrant workers, and more, who organized thousands of Mexican workers—and American dissidents—to their cause.

Interview with the Author

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Kelly Lytle Hernández, “Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands” (Norton, 2022)
5/9/22           50 min

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Episode 112: Kelly Lytle Hernández
10/3/22           45 min

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