Born into the Mexican Revolution, Maria Perez entered an arranged marriage at age fourteen to Miguel Arredondo. The couple and their tiny daughter immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, living in a boxcar while Miguel worked for a Texas railroad and eventually settling in East Chicago, Indiana, where Miguel worked for Inland Steel. Their story includes much of early-twentieth-century America: the rise of unions, the plunge into the Great Depression, the patriotism of World War II, and the starkness of McCarthyism. It is flavored by delivery men hawking fruit and ice, street sports, and Saturday matinees that began with newsreels. Immigration status colors every scene, adding to their story deportation and citizenship, generational problems unique to new immigrants, and a miraculous message of hope.
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About the Author
Ramon Arredondo's career has spanned the fields of law enforcement, administration, public policy, and business. Currently, he serves as a commissioner of the Ports of Indiana. Trisha (Hull) Arredondo began her career as an educator before becoming a successful advocate for health care and education for women, children, and migrants.
Table of ContentsContents Foreword, James B. Lane Introduction, John Bodnar Arredondo/Batalla Family Tree Chapter 1 - The Revolution Chapter 2 - The Bargain Chapter 3 - From Texas Boxcars to Illinois Rails Chapter 4 - Tragedy Has Two Faces Chapter 5 - Secrets of the Past Chapter 6 - Safe Harbor Chapter 7 - “Mill Rats” Chapter 8 - Change is Constant Chapter 9 - Depression and Repatriation Chapter 10 - “Take Me to the Fair” Chapter 11 - Betrayal Chapter 12 - “Don’t Look Back”—The Homecoming Chapter 13 - On Watling Street Chapter 14 - Graduation, Illness, Accidents, and a Vision Chapter 15 - The War Chapter 16 - Celebrations and Losses Chapter 17 - Church and School Chapter 18 - Diet and Discipline Chapter 19 - The Haunting Chapter 20 - Maria’s “Confession” Chapter 21 - Jesse Joins the Army, then the Union Chapter 22 - “Happy Days” in the Harbor Chapter 23 - Love Calls—“California Here We Come” Chapter 24 - Jesse Takes a Wife—and More Chapter 25 - Maria Battles the “Commies” Chapter 26 - No Good Solutions Chapter 27 - Love and Uncle Sam Chapter 28 - Forgiveness and Reconciliation Chapter 29 - The Value of Education Chapter 30 - In the Blink of an Eye Chapter 31 - The Vision Revealed Epilogue Afterword Acknowledgments
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Maria's Journey based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I enjoyed reading about Maria and Miguel and how they left their homeland for a better life in America. They struggled through the depressions, the rise of the unions, poverty and still managed to raise 10 children. Maria's love of God and family is inspirational! Great read!
Maria's Journey First off, I wish I can write like you guys! It grabs the reader from the start - difficult to put the book down. It is fast moving and the actual quotes of what people said keep the reader in-tuned. The oral history is skillfully intertwined, not all the time in chronological order, but the reader gets the sequence. There were several memorable and touching moments - when Jenny felt the hand as she was lost in the snow; dad was looking out for her - also dad was the only one who called her "....." -Joe receiving the $20 from Dad. And Maria always there for the family not mushy but gives out "tough" LOVE - very realistic about life. She is amazing. Her love comes through in what she does for the family. It is like action speaks louder than words - love is seen, experienced, felt and not just heard. These reflect the culture of family up bringing. The family always comes first and we must make our family proud. I think these are values worth adopting. Our modern families are falling apart Despite the fact that the family went through all the hardships, the children did find time to play to keep themselves sane and resilient to what ever was around them. Also I see this book as being very relevant today with migration taking place all over the world. Before I end, the suspense of the vision that Ray experienced also kept me reading "so who is this man?" The answer was skillfully crafted at the end. What a lovely ending! A message of hope indeed. St Jude the patron saint of Hope.
I enjoyed reading this warm story of a family and experiences they had. I related as a first generation American myself but I feel any reader will find themselves fully involved with the story of this exceptional family.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - so much so that I read it twice! It is a moving story of a poor Mexican family trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. If you enjoy true stories set in early 20th century America, don't miss this one!