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Ana Elizabeth Rosas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282667

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282667.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

The Generative Potential of Thinking and Acting Historically

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Abrazando el Espíritu
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Ana Elizabeth Rosas

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282667.003.0010

This epilogue addresses the Bracero Program’s far-reaching consequences, as well as efforts designed to document and learn from the experience of bracero families to render productive approaches toward acknowledging and confronting the enduring trauma of the program. By focusing on the resonance of the program and this family experience, this discussion of the spirit with which these families confronted being separated from each other for indefinite periods of time across the U.S.-Mexico border enhances our understanding of the rigors of bracero family life. Treating this family experience as a meaningful and invaluable history finally provides a discussion that does not underestimate the costs and consequences of the program and, in turn, binational guest-worker programs writ large.

Keywords:   guest worker program, Mexican immigrant family life, bracero families, oral life history and Mexican immigration, mid-twentieth-century Mexican immigration

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