I want to begin by thanking Labor: Studies in Working-Class History for selecting Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Rebellion in the Borderlands as its Big Book for 2022. It has been an honor to engage with the Labor and Working-Class History Association community and, especially, with Sonia Hernández, John Tutino, and Elliott Young, who so graciously accepted invitations to read and comment on the book. I will keep my reflections brief, as the readers have all made fair critiques of Bad Mexicans, including its strengths and weaknesses.

Elliott Young and Sonia Hernández both comment on the book's embrace of a transnational approach to history. Young, who cofounded the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas, an institute I once attended back in 2008, writes that Bad Mexicans joins a forgotten but reemerging tradition of telling “stories that cross and spill over borders.” As he notes, the first...

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