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Abrazando el Espíritu$
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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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Ejemplar y sín Igual (Exemplary and without Equal)

Ejemplar y sín Igual (Exemplary and without Equal)

The Loss of Childhood, 1942–1964

(p.185) Chapter Eight Ejemplar y sín Igual (Exemplary and without Equal)
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

The children of braceros drive this chapter’s historical consideration of the U.S. and Mexican governments’ failure to protect them as children when enforcing the Bracero Program’s conditions and terms. Using the oral life histories of these children and their bracero parents, the incentives behind depending on these children to labor either in the place of their absent bracero parents in Mexico and alongside them in the United States—or to journey in search of them across the U.S.-Mexico border—are discussed to magnify the underestimated consequences of the program. The employment conditions and terms, the trauma, and the educational models that cast these children as unskilled workers in the making cornered them to prove themselves exemplary and without equal.

Keywords:   Mexican children, Mexican childhood, Mexican immigrant children, bracero parents and their children, bracero family life

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