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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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In Painful Silence

In Painful Silence

The Untold Emotional Work of Long-Distance Romantic Relationships and Marriages, 1957–1964

(p.100) Chapter Five In Painful Silence
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

Using a combination of bracero family oral life histories and songs of love, this chapter traces the romantic love, loss, and longing that inspired Mexican women and men to be most resourceful in their pursuit of personally satisfying romantic relationships in Mexico and the United States. These women’s and men’s dedication to acting out of love—but with their family integrity and reputation intact—moved them to become most resilient when celebrating and mourning their love for each other when alone and in public. In capturing the emotional rigors of the Bracero Program, this historical examination of the expansiveness of the program’s reach is a most humanizing move toward unearthing an almost forgotten history of love and longing.

Keywords:   romantic relationships, Mexican immigrant courtship, Bracero Program and love, Mexican immigrant couples, Mexican immigrant family life

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