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Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s Paperback – May 31, 2006
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""Decade of Betrayal" is an important book on a topic little understood by most Americans."
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My 93 year old mother has often told me about living in El Paso during the 1930s. She recalls how her family was awakened by banging on the door in the middle of the night and the men asking for evidence of legal residence. My grandmother would answer the door with their papers in hand, evidence that they were living in the United States legally. My father enlisted in WWII in order to obtain his citizenship. My husband who had a green card, has lived in the United States since he was four years old, was not offered citizenship when he was sent to Viet Nam. He returned from Viet Nam and was refused employment due to his green card status at the gas or telephone company. As my wise mother would say, "such is life", we continue on. My mother was pleased to see this book with all of the stories and facts it provided. It was proof that her stories were not exaggerations.
Detaining people of color still takes place regardless of their birth place. I have been detained twice and I was born here. I think, don't know for sure, that some readers are ashamed of the behavior we are capable of displaying towards minorities. We are quick to deny and protest looking at the past in hopes that in the future these behaviors will not be repeated.Read more ›
One of the principal questions the authors pose is: what is the relationship between legal citizenship and cultural citizenship? In other words, if even citizens get deported, many to a country they have never even seen, because of their imputed race, what does citizenship even mean? This question is very relevant today given the current scrutiny by ICE of immigrants, legal or not, and by all of DHS of citizens, especially those who fit certain suspect profiles.
The most interesting part of the book for me so far is the authors' in-depth look at Mexican families in the US in this period. In particular, their portrait of how families of Mexican descent were stereotyped and misunderstood by both the US and Mexican governments, and how as a result immigration and welfare policies were poorly formulated. It's worth thinking about how government policy can work (directly or indirectly) to either strengthen or break up families--and how many Mexican/American families (by this I mean families comprising people with Mexican and US citizenship) managed to stay together despite the economic and political struggles they faced.
I had relatives that were impacted and never knew about their suffering and treatment by our country during the great depression. My only regret is that the United States apologized to Japanese, but refused to apologize to the Americans of Mexican Descent whose land was unconstitutionally taken and stripped of their rights as citizens. Banished to another country because of their race and because of the jobs they were performing that other Anglos needed was disheartening.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for a historical perspective on the truth about the great depression and the injustice never discussed or shared by our education system.
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The only book out there that chronicles the deportation of Mexican Americans during the 1930s.Published 6 months ago by Veronica 59
Reading it-now and contains good info that I did not knowPublished 11 months ago by Robert H.Pearson
This book tells it as it was and is now. This happened prior to the concentrations of the Japanese Americans. At least the Japanese were allowed to stay in the USA. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Richard R. Velazquez
Nice book .. somewhat unbalanced however, the distinction between mexican nationals and americans born of mexican extraction is not clear and sometimes conflated, rendering some... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sally
Great insight on how Mexican "Americans" struggled even more because of blatant racism by the U.S. government during the Great Depression.Published on July 29, 2014 by jerry roys
I really enjoy history and rarely come upon I book that I stop reading. The author may the book so dull, I finally found a book that I could not finish.Published on January 22, 2014 by EM
It is sad to learn what the Unites States has done to oppressed people. And what is more disturbing, is that it still happens today.Published on March 26, 2013 by J.Rivera