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.
University of California Press
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||American Crossroads, 40
Ana Elizabeth Rosas
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