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University of California Press
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Structured to meet the needs of employers for low-wage farm workers, the well-known Bracero Program recruited thousands of Mexicans to perform physical labor in the United States between 1942 and 1964 in exchange for remittances that were sent back to Mexico. The Bracero Program transformed interpersonal relationships by dispersing partners and family members across national borders. Mexican workers, mostly men, were away from their families for long periods of time, while women and children at home were forced to inhabit new roles, create new identities, and cope with long-distance communication from fathers, brothers, and sons.

Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Rosas uncovers a previously hidden history of transnational family life. Intimate and personal experiences and their emotional contours are revealed to show how Mexican immigrants and their families were not passive victims, but creators of new forms of affection, gender roles, and economic survival strategies with long-term consequences.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. PART ONE: Emergencies
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. Bracero Recruitment in the Mexican Countryside, 1942–1947
  2. pp. 19-39
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  1. 2. The Bracero Program as a Permanent State of Emergency
  2. pp. 40-65
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  1. 3. Special Immigration and the Management of the Mexican Family, 1949–1959
  2. pp. 66-82
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  1. PART TWO: Love and Longing
  2. pp. 83-84
  1. 4. Government Censorship of Family Communication, 1942–1964
  2. pp. 85-99
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  1. 5. In Painful Silence: The Untold Emotional Work of Long-Distance Romantic Relationships and Marriages, 1957–1964
  2. pp. 100-111
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  1. 6. Hidden from History: Photo Stories of Love
  2. pp. 112-144
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  1. PART THREE: Decisive Measures
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. 7. Awake Houses and Mujeres Intermediarias (Intermediary Women), 1958–1964
  2. pp. 147-184
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  1. 8. Ejemplar y sín Igual (Exemplary and without Equal): The Loss of Childhood, 1942–1964
  2. pp. 185-196
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  1. 9. Decididas y Atrevidas (Determined and Daring): In Search of Answers, 1947–1964
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. Epilogue: The Generative Potential of Thinking and Acting Historically
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-255
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520958654
Related ISBN
9780520282667
MARC Record
OCLC
890480324
Pages
285
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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