Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico

Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico

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by Deborah Cohen
     
 

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At the beginning of World War II, the United States and Mexico launched the bracero program, a series of labor agreements that brought Mexican men to work temporarily in U.S. agricultural fields. In Braceros, Deborah Cohen asks why these migrants provoked so much concern and anxiety in the United States and what the Mexican government expected to gain inSee more details below

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At the beginning of World War II, the United States and Mexico launched the bracero program, a series of labor agreements that brought Mexican men to work temporarily in U.S. agricultural fields. In Braceros, Deborah Cohen asks why these migrants provoked so much concern and anxiety in the United States and what the Mexican government expected to gain in participating in the program. Cohen creatively links the often-unconnected themes of exploitation, development, the rise of consumer cultures, and gendered class and race formation to show why those with connections beyond the nation have historically provoked suspicion, anxiety, and retaliatory political policies.

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A wonderful read, one that might be assigned to graduate students or undergraduates in a wide range of classes. Any course that deals with the history of race, ethnicity, labor, or gender, in the United States or Mexico, will benefit from reading Cohen's book.--American Historical Review

Braceros is a very rich, full text, and the author has certainly done her best to not leave out anything important.--H-Diplo Roundtable Review

Cohen mobilizes cultural insight, sociological precision, and historical understanding to create a definitive account of this extraordinarily important moment in the long, complicated, and rich U.S.-Mexican experience.--The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians

Enlightening and thought provoking.--Journal of American History

These narratives are interesting and important to understand. . . . [Cohen] has found such a rich group of ethnographic to help her tell them.-- Journal of Historical Geography

Cohen's ability to illustrate the complexity of the transnational space that came to comprise the bracero program renders her work a must read for scholars interested in the history of transnational im/migration. . . . An excellent example of transnational historiography.--H-Borderlands

This is an important contribution to the history of relations between Mexico and the U.S. Recommended. Graduate students and above.--Choice

The most important book in a generation to appraise these critical and formative years of Mexico-U.S. migration.--Arkansas Historical Society

Cohen brings [braceros's] actions to the forefront by allowing them to tell their stories in their own words, capturing the workers' struggles and souls as they navigated the demands of the program. . . . The book encourages readers to consider migrants' views of how their actions shaped immigration policies at the national and transnational level.--Western Historical Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807899670
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/15/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
5 MB

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Deborah Cohen has written a new account of the bracero experience extremely well suited for our time in its transnational focus, its concern for the agency of the braceros themselves, and its emphasis upon the importance of Mexican labor migration to the history of both Mexico and the United States. Amid all the controversies concerning immigration, this book deserves wide attention.--Arthur Schmidt, Temple University

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