Maria's Journey

Maria's Journey

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871953193
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press
Publication date: 07/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
File size: 13 MB
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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 Contents

Contents 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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