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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 in

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

Enlightening and thought provoking.—Journal of American History

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

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

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

Product Details

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

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Braceros is a pathbreaking, transnational history, that shows us how, in both the United States and Mexico, ideas and practices about the modern were shaped by the farm workers who criss-crossed the border.—Mae Ngai,Columbia University

Meet the Author

Deborah Cohen is associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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