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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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Government Censorship of Family Communication, 1942–1964

Government Censorship of Family Communication, 1942–1964

(p.85) Chapter Four Government Censorship of Family Communication, 1942–1964
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

Using the correspondence of U.S. government officials and Mexican immigrant children, women, and men of varying legal status, this chapter examines how censorship was used to maintain the separation of bracero families across the U.S.-Mexico border. This historical consideration of how the U.S. government’s censorship and obstruction of these families’ correspondence emerged as an underestimated and, in turn, effective border enforcement measure in support of the Bracero Program’s conditions and terms illustrates this government’s selective acknowledgment of bracero families. It also proves most revealing when striving to understand the deep-seated anxiety, restlessness, and silences of the program.

Keywords:   censorship, Bracero Program, Mexican immigrant family life, guest worker program, transnational Mexican immigrant family life

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