Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation

Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation

by Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292721153

ISBN-13: 9780292721159

Pub. Date: 12/07/2009

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez ’s edited volume Mexican Americans & World War II brought pivotal stories from the shadows, contributing to the growing acknowledgment of Mexican American patriotism as a meaningful force within the Greatest Generation. In this latest anthology, Rivas-Rodríguez and historian Emilio Zamora team up with scholars from various

Overview

Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez ’s edited volume Mexican Americans & World War II brought pivotal stories from the shadows, contributing to the growing acknowledgment of Mexican American patriotism as a meaningful force within the Greatest Generation. In this latest anthology, Rivas-Rodríguez and historian Emilio Zamora team up with scholars from various disciplines to add new insights. Beyond the Latino World War II Hero focuses on home-front issues and government relations, delving into new arenas of research and incorporating stirring oral histories.
These recollections highlight realities such as post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on veterans’ families, as well as Mexican American women of this era, whose fighting spirit inspired their daughters to participate in Chicana/o activism of the 1960s and 1970s. Other topics include the importance of radio as a powerful medium during the war and postwar periods, the participation of Mexican nationals in World War II, and intergovernmental negotiations involving Mexico and Puerto Rico. Addressing the complexity of the Latino war experience, such as the tandem between the frontline and the disruption of the agricultural migrant stream on the home front, the authors and contributors unite diverse perspectives to harness the rich resources of an invaluable oral history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292721159
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
12/07/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
José Limón
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez and Emilio Zamora

1. The Paradox of War: Mexican American Patriotism, Racism, and Memory
Richard Griswold del Castillo
2. Embracing the Ether: The Use of Radio by the Latino World War II Generation
Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez
3. "Now Get Back to Work": Mexican Americans and the Agricultural "Migrant Stream"
Dionicio Valdés
4. The Latinas of World War II: From Familial Shelter to Expanding Horizons
Joanne Rao Sánchez
5. Mexican Nationals in the U.S. Military: Diplomacy and Battlefield Sacrifice
Emilio Zamora
6. The Color of War: Puerto Rican Soldiers and Discrimination during World War II
Silvia Alvarez Curbelo
7. God and War: The Impact of Combat upon Latino Soldiers' Religious Beliefs
Rea Ann Trotter
8. Silent Wounds: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Latino World War II Veterans
Ricardo Ainslie and Daphny Domínguez
9. Mother's Legacy: Cultivating Chicana Consciousness during the War Years
Brenda Sendejo

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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