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Abrazando el Espíritu. Bracero Families Confront the by Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas

By Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas

Established to fulfill employers' wishes for low-wage farm staff, the well known Bracero application recruited millions of Mexicans to accomplish actual exertions within the usa among 1942 and 1964 in alternate for remittances despatched again to Mexico. As companions and kin have been dispersed throughout nationwide borders, interpersonal relationships have been remodeled. The lengthy absences of Mexican employees, more often than not males, pressured girls and kids at domestic to inhabit new roles, create new identities, and do something about long-distance verbal exchange from fathers, brothers, and sons.
Drawing on a rare diversity of assets, Ana Elizabeth Rosas uncovers a formerly hidden heritage of transnational relations lifestyles. Intimate and private reviews are published to teach how Mexican immigrants and their households weren't passive sufferers yet as an alternative came across how you can embody the spirit (abrazando el espíritu) of constructing and imposing tough judgements relating their family...

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Yet in order to reveal how the bracero experience looks from the bottom up, it draws as well on the evidence available in unofficial archives: in letters, diaries, photographs, musical recordings, plays, fashions, and oral history. These sources tell a story that complicates the dominant narrative. 1 By tracing the evidence about the Bracero Program that emerges from family photographs, love letters, and popular songs and oral history interviews, we see that the guest worker program’s economic and social consequences on the US side of the border were accompanied by equal or greater transformations inside Mexican villages, towns, and cities.

Scholarship on the Bracero Program has generally emphasized the experiences of men to the virtual exclusion of the experiences of children, the elderly, and women and the nature of transnational family formation. Yet Mexican men laboring as guest workers depended on the families they left behind. Abrazando el Espíritu focuses on transnational Mexican immigrant families’ separation, cooperation, and reunification as foundational to understanding the changes the Bracero Program initiated—changes that set in motion a constant reconfiguration of the social meaning of the US-Mexico border that continues to this day.

The US and Mexican governments’ failure to recognize the burdens that the program directly or indirectly laid on the families left behind in Mexico explicitly fueled women’s feelings of abandonment. Scholarship on the Bracero Program has generally emphasized the experiences of men to the virtual exclusion of the experiences of children, the elderly, and women and the nature of transnational family formation. Yet Mexican men laboring as guest workers depended on the families they left behind. Abrazando el Espíritu focuses on transnational Mexican immigrant families’ separation, cooperation, and reunification as foundational to understanding the changes the Bracero Program initiated—changes that set in motion a constant reconfiguration of the social meaning of the US-Mexico border that continues to this day.

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