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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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Awake Houses and Mujeres Intermediarias (Intermediary Women), 1958–1964

Awake Houses and Mujeres Intermediarias (Intermediary Women), 1958–1964

(p.147) Chapter Seven Awake Houses and Mujeres Intermediarias (Intermediary Women), 1958–1964
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

Steeped in the oral life histories of Mexican women who shouldered the emotional, physical, and financial accountability of raising families separated from their bracero husbands across the U.S.-Mexico border, this chapter illuminates the spaces, conversations, and inroads these women shared to forge awake houses. These houses, over time, provided these women with the solace, inspiration, moral support, and information to persevere in their pursuit of developing productive outlooks, lines of communication with their families, and goals toward facing a most traumatic family situation together. This distinct brand of solidarity increasingly drew young single women to act as the most dedicated and trustworthy of allies for women married to braceros and other Mexican immigrant men.

Keywords:   Mexican women, Bracero Program family separation, Mexican women activists, Bracero families, spaces of solidarity

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