Wednesday, August 25, 2021

From the Bookshelves: Our Grandfathers Were Braceros And We Too...

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Our Grandfathers Were Braceros And We Too... by Abel Astorga Morales (Author), Rosa Martha Zarate Macias (Author), Madeline Newman Rios (Translator)

Here is the publisher's description of the book:

“OUR GRANDFATHERS WERE BRACEROS AND WE TOO,” is an excellent work of tremendous relevancy for our times, given its focus on the issue of migration and, above all, for keeping the struggle alive against the violations of labor and human rights seen in temporary worker programs. Authors Abel Astorga Morales and Rosa Martha Zárate Macías share an intense, painful chronical with us, but one that is also full of the lessons handed down by peasants and indigenous peoples who participated in the Bracero Program between 1942 and 1964. This book faithfully compiles the historic memory and testimonies of Braceros living in the United States, setting a momentous precedent that the Mexican population in the country to the North will have in the twenty-first century.

The majority of protagonists of this history have now departed, without recovering the fruits of so many years of their labor, while a few survivors and family members still wait for justice to be done. As a people, they have grown and developed in the North, and have real possibilities for making a social, political, economic, spiritual, and cultural impact.


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