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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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Hidden from History

Hidden from History

Photo Stories of Love

(p.112) Chapter Six Hidden from History
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

This chapter uses bracero family oral life histories and photographs to historicize the urgency with which Mexican women and men documented their romantic love for each other as a way of not becoming completely lost to each other across the U.S.-Mexico border. These women's and men's commitment to each other and the longevity of their romantic relationships motivated them to be cautious in their love for each other, so that they reassured each other of their feelings for each other without jeopardizing their Bracero Program contract or public reputation. Their refusal to draw unwanted attention to their love made being in love and documenting their love a most demanding undertaking and feeling.

Keywords:   romantic relationships, Mexican immigrant courtship, photography and emotions, Mexican immigrant family life, Bracero Program

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