American Historical Review
"Succeeds very well in binding the two stories of Hanover's Empire Zinc strike and the production of Salt of the Earth together. . . . A welcome addition to the literature on labour conflicts and cultural politics during the early Cold War."
American Communist History
"Baker has written an excellent, refreshingly cross-disciplinary study of Mexican American families involved in the 1950 Empire Zinc strike . . . and the making of the 1954 film Salt of the Earth by blacklisted Hollywood artists."
"Rich in detail and scholarly rigor. . . . Surpasses other studies in presenting the complexity of the Salt of the Earth story."
New Mexico Historical Review
"Remarkable! . . . A solid example of what a community study should do: it should place the local in the context of the national in order to properly contextualize the analytical conclusions of the author."
"An innovative treatment of the strike's ethnic roots and gendered character that provides a valuable addition to the fields of labor, ethnic, and women's history."
Journal of American Ethnic History
"The book reflects [Baker's] research into published sources, but she also interviewed a number of the key participants and used numerous archives, government records, and unpublished materials."
The Journal of American History
Baker accomplishes . . . clarity, nuance, and awareness.
Elizabeth Jameson, University of Calgary