Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration

Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration

by Alfredo Corchado


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Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration by Alfredo Corchado

From prizewinning journalist and immigration expert Alfredo Corchado comes the sweeping story of the great Mexican migration from the late 1980s to today.

When Alfredo Corchado moved to Philadelphia in 1987, he felt as if he was the only Mexican in the city. But in a restaurant called Tequilas, he connected with two other Mexican men and one Mexican American, all feeling similarly isolated. Over the next three decades, the four friends continued to meet, coming together over their shared Mexican roots and their love of tequila. One was a radical activist, another a restaurant/tequila entrepreneur, the third a lawyer/politician. Alfredo himself was a young reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today. It is the narrative of the United States in a painful economic and political transition.

As we move into a divisive, nativist new era of immigration politics, Homelands is a must-read to understand the past and future of the immigrant story in the United States, and the role of Mexicans in shaping America's history. A deeply moving book full of colorful characters searching for home, it is essential reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632865540
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 178,011
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alfredo Corchado is the México Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico. He is a Nieman, Lannan, USMEX, Woodrow Wilson, and Rockefeller fellow and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Awards for Courage in Journalism. Corchado lives in Mexico City but calls the border home. @ajcorchado

Table of Contents

Prologue One Wintry Night at Tequilas 1

I Leaying Home

1 El Pajarito & Superwoman in El Norte 13

2 David, un Caminero in Philly 25

3 Ken, Barbie & Brooks Brothers 36

4 Primo, the Mystery Man 46

3 Crawling out of the Shadows 56

II The Giantirca Awakening

6 Freddy's Café 67

7 A Fickle Nation 79

8 The Rebuilding of America 88

9 Farewell, Philadelphia 96

III Malinche's Children

10 Marriage of Convenience 105

11 Homeward Bound 120

12 Tequila Midnight in Guadalajara 130

13 Trapped in the U.S., No Going Back 137

IV Uneasy Neighbors

14 Heartache Heartland 151

13 Havana Galling, Santana's Guitar 161

16 The Fallout 168

V Homeless

17 The Blame Game 177

18 Sister Guadalupe's Unusual Spirit 188

19 Middleman, Siembra's Rise 194

20 Hardening the Line 201

VI Homelands

21 Walls 207

22 The Pope in a Nativist Land 213

23 Thirtieth Aniversario, the Celebration 222

24 Arcadio's Legacy 232

25 Lessons from Isral 243

26 The Wisdom of Doña Lidia 249

27 Tío Alejos Funeral 257

28 Uncle Bill 264

29 Four Friends, Philadelphia Reunion 273

30 My Homelands 284

Acknowledgments 290

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