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Bracero Railroaders

Erasmo Gamboa

2016    248 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 331.6    LCC: HD8039.R12 U634

OCLC: 958388433    LCCN: 2016007087    ISBN 13: 9780295998329    ISBN 10: 0295998326

Desperate for laborers to keep the trains moving during World War II, the U.S. and Mexican governments created a now mostly forgotten bracero railroad program that sent a hundred thousand Mexican workers across the border to build and maintain railroad lines throughout the United States, particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions, most bracero railroaders lived in squalor, worked dangerous jobs, and were subject [...]

Desperate for laborers to keep the trains moving during World War II, the U.S. and Mexican governments created a now mostly forgotten bracero railroad program that sent a hundred thousand Mexican workers across the border to build and maintain railroad lines throughout the United States, particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions, most bracero railroaders lived in squalor, worked dangerous jobs, and were subject to harsh racial discrimination. Making matters worse, the governments held a percentage of the workers' earnings in a savings and retirement program that supposedly would await the men on their return to Mexico. However, rampant corruption within both the railroad companies and the Mexican banks meant that most workers were unable to collect what was rightfully theirs. Historian Erasmo Gamboa recounts the difficult conditions, systemic racism, and decades-long quest for justice these men faced. The result is a pathbreaking examination that deepens our understanding of Mexican American, immigration, and labor histories in the twentieth-century U.S. West. [less]

$40.00

Bracero Railroaders: The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West

Erasmo Gamboa

2018    248 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 331.627207809044    LCC: HD8039.R12

OCLC: 1031915990    ISBN 13: 9780295744278    ISBN 10: 0295744278

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$30.00
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Mexicanos in Oregon

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, Marcela Mendoza

2010    288 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 979.50046872073    LCC: E184.M5

OCLC: 837185537    LCCN: 2009054360    ISBN 13: 9780870715846    ISBN 10: 0870715844

A New York Times Bestselling Author -- Fans of Russo's fiction will recognize Gloversville,New York, where the author grew up. By the 1950s prosperity in that manufacturing town was being replaced by poverty and illness, everyone barely scraping by. A world elsewhere was the dream his ? Other instilled in Rick and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations -- beautifully recounted here -- were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both.

A New York Times Bestselling Author -- Fans of Russo's fiction will recognize Gloversville,New York, where the author grew up. By the 1950s prosperity in that manufacturing town was being replaced by poverty and illness, everyone barely scraping by. A world elsewhere was the dream his ? Other instilled in Rick and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations -- beautifully recounted here -- were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. [less]

$22.95
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Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon

Glenn Anthony May

2011    320 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 305.868    LCC: F881.35.M66 M39

OCLC: 794698941    LCCN: 2010053106    ISBN 13: 9780870716003    ISBN 10: 087071600X

WithSonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon,Glenn May makes a major contribution to the literature on Oregon and Chicano history. On one level a biography of Oregon's leading Mexican American activist, Sonny Montes also tells the broader story of the state's Mexican American community during the 1960s and 1970s, a story in which Sonny Montes had an important part. Montes played a key role in the birth of a Chicano Movement in Oregon during the 1970s, a movement that coalesced around [...]

WithSonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon,Glenn May makes a major contribution to the literature on Oregon and Chicano history. On one level a biography of Oregon's leading Mexican American activist, Sonny Montes also tells the broader story of the state's Mexican American community during the 1960s and 1970s, a story in which Sonny Montes had an important part. Montes played a key role in the birth of a Chicano Movement in Oregon during the 1970s, a movement that coalesced around the struggle for survival of the Colegio Cesar Chavez, a small college in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with a largely Mexican American student body. Montes led the community in collective action--sit-ins, protest marches, rallies, prayer vigils--always with a consistently high level of Chicano support. The actions received wide media attention, making Sonny Montes a visible public figure. By viewing Mexican American protest between 1965 and 1980 through the prism of social movement theory, May's book deepens our understanding of the Chicano Movement in Oregon and beyond as well as providing a much-needed account of the Mexican American community in Oregon during that time period. Sonny Montewill appeal to readers interested in modern social movements, Mexican American history, and Pacific Northwest history. It is an essential resource for scholars and students in those fields. [less]

$24.95
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