Women of the Depression: Caste and Culture in San Antonio, 1929-1939 / Edition 1

Women of the Depression: Caste and Culture in San Antonio, 1929-1939 / Edition 1

by Julia Kirk Blackwelder
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0890968640

ISBN-13: 2900890968641

Pub. Date: 01/04/1998

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

Women of the Depression presents a unique study of life in a city whose society more nearly reflected divisions by the concept of caste rather than class. Caste was conferred by identification with a particular ethnic or racial group, and it defined nearly every aspect of women's lives. Historian Julia Kirk Blackwelder shows that Depression-era San Antonio, with its

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Women of the Depression presents a unique study of life in a city whose society more nearly reflected divisions by the concept of caste rather than class. Caste was conferred by identification with a particular ethnic or racial group, and it defined nearly every aspect of women's lives. Historian Julia Kirk Blackwelder shows that Depression-era San Antonio, with its majority Mexican American population, its heavy dependence on tourism and light industry, and its domination by an Anglo elite, suffered differently as a whole than other American cities. Loss of migrant agricultural work drove thousands of Mexican Americans into the barrios on the west side of San Antonio, and with the intense repatriation fervor of the 1930s, the fear of deportation inhibited many Mexican Americans from seeking public or private aid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900890968641
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
01/04/1998
Series:
Texas A&M Southwestern Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

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