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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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The Bracero Program as a Permanent State of Emergency

The Bracero Program as a Permanent State of Emergency

(p.40) Chapter Two The Bracero Program as a Permanent State of Emergency
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

Using the oral life histories of former repatriates and braceros, this chapter contextualizes the enduring resonance of the trauma of repatriation from the United States to Mexico on Mexican families’ response to the Bracero Program—throughout the program's duration and across the Mexican countryside. By magnifying the successive toll of repatriation and the program on Mexican families as a permanent state of emergency, it elucidates bracero families’ willingness to learn from their shared sense of the past, present, and future together. This chapter's emphasis on the devastating and energizing potential of already being familiar with the hardships that ensue when the U.S. and Mexican governments fail to protect them as families inspired them to act in support of each other.

Keywords:   repatriation, Bracero Program, Mexican immigrant families, states of emergency, Mexican immigration

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