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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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Decididas y Atrevidas (Determined and Daring)

Decididas y Atrevidas (Determined and Daring)

In Search of Answers, 1947–1964

(p.197) Chapter Nine Decididas y Atrevidas (Determined and Daring)
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

Using the records of U.S. government officials enlisted to protect the welfare of children in the United States and the oral life histories of women raising children without the emotional or financial support of their bracero boyfriends or husbands, this chapter interrogates the trauma these women faced when investigating the whereabouts and intentions of these men for the sake of their children’s welfare. The caution and conviction with which they pursued the U.S. government’s assistance in a most personal family situation exposed these women to invasive proceedings and transactions. These processes and interactions further confirmed that, indeed, these women had been most daring in searching for answers that would help them parent their children responsibly and on their own.

Keywords:   Mexican American women, Mexican immigrant family separation, child welfare, Mexican American motherhood

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