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

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Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez's edited volume Mexican Americans & World War II brought pivotal stories from the shadows, contributing to the growing acknowledgement 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 highlights realities such as post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on veteran's 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 Mixico 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.

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Juan Gomez Quinones
The editors and contributors make a very significant contribution to the field. This volume creates a window, then opens it. A whole new panorama is presented.
Juan Gómez Quiñones, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292721159
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2009
  • 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 ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez Emilio Zamora 1

1 The Paradox of War: Mexican American Patriotism, Racism, and Memory Richard Griswold Del Castillo 11

2 Embracing the Ether: The Use of Radio by the Latino World War II Generation Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez 21

3 "Now Get Back to Work": Mexican Americans and the Agricultural "Migrant Stream" Dionicio Valdés 39

4 The Latinas of World War II: From Familial Shelter to Expanding Horizons Joanne Roa Sánchez 63

5 Mexican Nationals in the U.S. Military: Diplomacy and Battlefield Sacrifice Emilio Zamora 90

6 The Color of War: Puerto Rican Soldiers and Discrimination during World War II Silvia Álvarez Curbelo 110

7 God and War: The Impact of Combat upon Latino Soldiers' Religious Beliefs Rea Ann Trotter 125

8 Silent Wounds: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Latino World War II Veterans Ricardo Ainslie Daphny Domínguez 144

9 Mother's Legacy: Cultivating Chicana Consciousness during the War Years Brenda Sendejo 156

Notes 179

Selected Bibliography 241

Index 241

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