Underground America tells the stories of men and women who have come to the United States seeking a better life for their families, only to be subjected to dehumanizing working conditions. Supporting myriad industries, these workers form an essential part of our economy often by working the least desirable jobs without the most basic legal protections. Underground America allows this largely ignored part of our country to finally share its experiences.
About the Author
Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico and is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter and The Devil’s Highway, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel is Into the Beautiful North. Urrea is a professor at The University of Illinois–Chicago.
Table of Contents
Foreword: All Stories are Refugees from Dangerous Lands Luis Alberto Urrea 1
Introduction: Permanent Anxiety Peter Orner 5
Editor's Note Peter Orner 16
Note for the 2013 Edition Sandra Hernandez 17
Mr. Lai 33
El Curita 157
El Mojado 205
Jose Garcia 221
Editor's Note for the Afterword Peter Orner 347
Afterword: American DREAMer Lorena 348
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a brilliant first-hand account of illegal immigrants living in America and the human rights violations they have to endure. I constantly found myself appalled at each story - amazed at the abuses these people are forced to undergo.A must-read for ANY person currently living in the US, and a good read for those from other countries as well. Very eye-opening.