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Rio Grande wetbacks: Mexican migrant workers

Norquest, Carrol

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ISBN 10: 0826302203 / ISBN 13: 9780826302205
Editorial: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1972
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xiii, 159p., preface, introduction, very good first edition in quarter-cloth boards and unclipped dj. The author, a Texas farmer, bases most of his observations on the increasing use of Mexican migrant labor in the 1930s and 1940s. N° de ref. de la librería 13480

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Título: Rio Grande wetbacks: Mexican migrant workers

Editorial: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Año de publicación: 1972

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Edición: 1st Edition

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From dust jacket notes: "...'These stories are about the Mexican wetbacks I've known and worked with over the years. The stories are true, as far as I was given the ability to write the truth,' says Carrol Norquest in the preface to this book. Norquest was a farmer in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas for fifty years and saw the rise of wetback labor in the 1930s and 40s. Most of these stories come from that period, when he employed wetbacks regularly and knew their families, their hopes, and their heartbreaks. 'In some cases, wetbacks were treated as trash. The people in these sketches are my friends, and it hurt me when I saw them taken advantage of. If I was guilty of mistreating them, I'm not aware of it....' Steinbeck and Saroyan would love the people Norquest introduces us to in this book. There is irony in the situation of a wetback who can be proud of his children's American citizenship and still be in constant danger of being picked up by la chota, the border patrol. There is poignant humor in the clash of customs: some of the Mexicans are unfamiliar with machines like can-openers, radios, and cigarette lighters. One of the saddest tales is that of Simon, killed in a drunken accident the week he buys his own pick-up truck, the symbol of power and mobility that means he is an American at last...."

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