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Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico [NOOK Book]

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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, historian Deborah Cohen asks why these temporary 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 reveals the fashioning of a U.S.-Mexican transnational world, a world created through the interactions, ...
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Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico

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Overview

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, historian Deborah Cohen asks why these temporary 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 reveals the fashioning of a U.S.-Mexican transnational world, a world created through the interactions, negotiations, and struggles of the program's principal protagonists including Mexican and U.S. state actors, labor activists, growers, and bracero migrants. Cohen argues that braceros became racialized foreigners, Mexican citizens, workers, and transnational subjects as they moved between U.S. and Mexican national spaces.

Drawing on oral histories, ethnographic fieldwork, and documentary evidence, 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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This is an important contribution to the history of relations between Mexico and the U.S. Recommended. Graduate students and above.--Choice

An important work that fits well into any classroom due to an engaging writing style and the ever-present issues that Cohen tackles.--Diplomatic History

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

Cohen's careful consideration of bracero subjectivities will enrich our understanding of the expansiveness of the mid-twentieth century Mexican immigrant experience.--New Mexico Historical 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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807899670
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,118,437
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

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