From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America

From Out of the Shadows Mexican Women in Twentieth Century America For centuries Mexican American women have been creative innovative forces shaping the cultural and economic development of what is now the American Southwest Whether living in a labor camp a boxcar

  • Title: From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America
  • Author: Vicki L. Ruiz
  • ISBN: 9780195130997
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America

    For centuries, Mexican American women have been creative, innovative forces shaping the cultural and economic development of what is now the American Southwest Whether living in a labor camp, a boxcar settlement, or an urban barrio, Mexican women nurtured families, worked for wages, built extended networks, and participated in community associations efforts that solidifiFor centuries, Mexican American women have been creative, innovative forces shaping the cultural and economic development of what is now the American Southwest Whether living in a labor camp, a boxcar settlement, or an urban barrio, Mexican women nurtured families, worked for wages, built extended networks, and participated in community associations efforts that solidified the community and helped Mexican Americans find their own place in America Now, in From Out of the Shadows, historian Vicki L Ruiz provides the first full study of Mexican American women in the 20th century, in a narrative enhanced by interviews and personal stories that capture a vivid sense of the Mexicana experience in the United States Beginning with the first wave of women crossing the border early this century, Ruiz reveals the struggles they have faced, the communities they have built, and also highlights the various forms of political protest they have initiated What emerges from the book is a portrait of a distinctive culture in America that has slowly gathered strength in the last 95 years From Out of the Shadows is an important addition to the largely undocumented history of Mexican American women in our century.

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    One thought on “From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America

    1. Lizzy Rideout

      I really enjoyed this book. It's pretty dense, but not in an off-putting way so much as an economical way. It's short- less than 200 pages- but really teaches a lot about the women coming from Mexico or of Mexican heritage and what they did to not only support their families and make life possible for their families and their communities. It was very well researched and had a little bit of a personal touch by the author, which I felt gave it that much more meaning and passion. The footnotes are [...]

    2. LA

      Read for Hawes Thematic Studies: Fall 2005; Sherman: US Since 1945- Fall 2005Discusses movement of Mexican women to US. Also some court cases, but is not complete. Strikes, oppression by white employers, but too often puts these women in the role of the victim. (11-6-2005)My 2nd time reading and I enjoyed it even more this time than the first time around. It's incredibly useful as it has an extensive literature review in about chapter 2, as well as a number of charts in the appendix for easy ref [...]

    3. Danielle

      A bit pretentious at times but still useful if you're interested in the subject area.The "pretentious" tendency that I noted is only a bother when you see Ruiz allude to some "bigger picture" cause without fully explaining either the cause or why she chooses to include it when discussing a seemingly unrelated issue This kind of just leaves you feeling like you're holding loose ends as you read through the book - like perhaps there is something bigger out there that Ruiz would like to get to, but [...]

    4. Anel Bravo

      This book is a concise account of Mexican-American women forging their own way in different arenas of their lives. From societal to labor relations, Ruiz does an excellent job of articulating Mexican-American women's lives in the 20th Century.My favorite sections are the depictions of young girls quietly rebelling against expectations and of course the visceral and poignant labor struggles.

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