Basing her work on an archive of more than 800 oral histories from the United States and Mexico, Loza is the first scholar to carefully differentiate between the experiences of mestizo guest workers and the many Mixtec, Zapotec, Purhepecha, and Mayan laborers. In doing so, she captures the myriad ways these defiant workers responded to the intense discrimination and exploitation of an unjust system that still persists today.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Series:||The David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||4 MB|
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Defiant Braceros is unique in that it both signals original arguments concerning the diversity of the bracero population and demonstrates how the effort over the last twenty years to create the 'ideal bracero' has sanitized and shaped the public memory of the program and its workers. In examining the 'deviant' nature of this diversity, Loza brings the braceros into full view where one can see that these workers were often defiant in the face of intense discrimination and exploitation as transnational workers without a country looking out for their well-being and security.George Sanchez, University of Southern California