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From the Publisher"Smeltertown is an engaging exploration of the intersections of globalization and transnationalism."
-The Journal of American History
"An exhaustively researched and engaging history of the generations of ethnic Mexicans who lived and died in the community they called "La Esmelda".... A living text of human community."
-Oral History Review
"Smeltertown is an important contribution to the growing body of research in Mexican American, gender, and social history."
-Journal of Southern History
"Perales chronicle[s] the journey of Mexican-Americans and their role in the industrialization and globalization of a small community near El Paso. Her book . . . tells their story where families thrived and business excelled."
"In addition to telling the story of the birth, life, and demise of a vibrant community, Smeltertown provides valuable insights."
"A significant contribution to our understanding of Chicana/o and labor history. . . . Aside from being thoroughly researched, Perales's book is excellently composed. . . . It will be of use to labor, gender, environmental, and social historians."
-Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"Not just a narrative history . . . but also a look at how the community was created by Anglos and Hispanics, citizens and immigrants, rich and poor. . . . This well-researched and well-documented work would be a good addition for academic libraries, especially collections related to borderlands studies or labor issues."