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Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship Presentations

The Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship awards $2,500 for a month-long, in-residence research fellowship to an M.A. student or Ph.D. candidate engaged in thesis or dissertation research on a Florida studies topic. The successful applicant is invited to share his or her research in congenial public forums during the fellowship period.


On July 12, 2012, Sarah McNamara, the 2012 Riordan Fellow, discussed her research in a presentation titled “‘Un-American’ Americans: Latina Working-Class Activism in Ybor City, Florida”.  In the summer of 1937, six years of labor unrest ended as Latina women enlivened a movement of mass protest to demand recognition of Latinos as legitimate citizens of Ybor City, Tampa, and the broader United States. By uniting the ideals of anti-fascism, labor rights, and civil rights, local Latinas fought for equality despite the belief in their “Un-American” activities.

In her presentation, Ms. McNamara refers to the “Ybor City March” video below as the original inspiration for her research.

Other Special Collections resources mentioned by Ms. McNamara include:

La Gaceta
Tony Pizzo Collection

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