Migrant Workers
Crossing over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
Crossing over
A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
Paperback      ISBN: 0312421230
A powerful account of migrant culture traces the Chavez family as they leave their southern-Mexican town and embark on a perilous journey through the underground railroad to the tomato farms of Missouri, the strawberry fields of California, and the slaughterhouses of Wisconsin. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Bracero Railroaders: The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West
Bracero Railroaders
The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West
Hardcover      ISBN: 0295998326
Desperate for laborers to keep the trains moving during World War II, the U.S. and Mexican governments created a now mostly forgotten bracero railroad program that sent a hundred thousand Mexican workers across the border to build and maintain railroad lines throughout the United States, particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions, most bracero railroaders lived in squalor, worked dangerous jobs, and were subject to harsh racial discrimination. Making matters worse, the governments held a percentage of the workers’ earnings in a savings and retirement program that supposedly would await the men on their return to Mexico. However, rampant corruption within both the railroad companies and the Mexican banks meant that most workers were unable to collect what was rightfully theirs. Historian Erasmo Gamboa recounts the difficult conditions, systemic racism, and decades-long quest for justice these men faced. The result is a pathbreaking examination that deepens our understanding of Mexican American, immigration, and labor histories in the twentieth-century U.S. West.
Bracero Railroaders: The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West
Bracero Railroaders
The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West
Paperback      ISBN: 0295744278
Desperate for laborers to keep the trains moving during World War II, the U.S. and Mexican governments created a now mostly forgotten bracero railroad program that sent a hundred thousand Mexican workers across the border to build and maintain railroad lines throughout the United States, particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions, most bracero railroaders lived in squalor, worked dangerous jobs, and were subject to harsh racial discrimination. Making matters worse, the governments held a percentage of the workers' earnings in a savings and retirement program that supposedly would await the men on their return to Mexico. However, rampant corruption within both the railroad companies and the Mexican banks meant that most workers were unable to collect what was rightfully theirs. Historian Erasmo Gamboa recounts the difficult conditions, systemic racism, and decades-long quest for justice these men faced. The result is a pathbreaking examination that deepens our understanding of Mexican American, immigration, and labor histories in the twentieth-century U.S. West.
Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture
Chasing the Harvest
Migrant Workers in California Agriculture
Paperback      ISBN: 1786632217
The lives of one of America’s invisible communities--migrant farmworkers More than a million men, women, and children work in American agriculture, and yet their stories are rarely told, their low-wage jobs are not included in minimum-wage ordinances or campaigns, and their work remains unorganized by labour unions. This book of oral histories restores to visibility these workers, by telling stories of hardship but also bravery, solidarity, and improvization in California’s farm fields.
Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Aliens
Coyotes
A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Aliens
Paperback      ISBN: 0394755189
Disguised as an illegal alien, the author explores the outlaw realm of illegal immigration at the Mexican-American border and describes the role of the coyotes--mercenaries who sneak Mexican laborers into America
Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
Crossing Over
A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1250026725
A powerful account of migrant culture traces the Chavez family as they leave their southern-Mexican town and embark on a perilous journey through the underground railroad to the tomato farms of Missouri, the strawberry fields of California, and the slaughterhouses of Wisconsin. 20,000 first printing.
Dark Sweat, White Gold: California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal
Dark Sweat, White Gold
California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal
Paperback      ISBN: 0520207106
Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom
Defiant Braceros
How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1469629763
"In this book, Mireya Loza sheds new light on the history of the Bracero Program (1942-1964), the binational agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed hundreds of thousands of male Mexican workers to enter this country on temporary workpermits. While this program and the issue of temporary workers has long been politicized on both sides of the border, Loza argues that the prevailing romanticized image of braceros as a family-oriented, productive, legal workforce has obscured the real, diverse experiences of the workers themselves. Focusing on underexplored aspects of workers' lives such as their transnational union organizing efforts, the sexual economies of both gay and straight workers, and the ethno-racial boundaries among Mexican indigenous braceros, Loza reveals how these men defied perceived political, sexual, and racial norms. 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 Spanish-speaking guest workers and the many Mixtec, Zapotec, Purhepecha, and Mayan laborers. In doing so, she demonstrates how these transnational workers were able to forge new identities in the face of intense discrimination and exploitation"--
Disrupting Deportability: Transnational Workers Organize
Disrupting Deportability
Transnational Workers Organize
Paperback      ISBN: 1501742140
Disrupting Deportability: Transnational Workers Organize
Disrupting Deportability
Transnational Workers Organize
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501742132