Beyond la Frontera The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-07-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Mexican migration to the United States has comprised the world's largest sustained movement of migratory workers in the twentieth century. Given the current and persistent contentiousness surrounding the issues of legal and undocumented migration in Mexican and U.S. politics, it is time for abroad, binational historical perspective that assesses the development and impact of migratory trends and practices as they developed in Mexico and the United States through the twentieth century. An increased and well-established migratory flow in the first decades of the twentieth century prompted the beginning of significant immigration and emigration legislation that established enduring patterns in the binational relationship between the United States and Mexico. Throughout the century,U.S. immigrant legislation has consistently and strategically constructed the Mexican migrant first as a temporary and then as an illegal, unassimilable racialized other, a permanent outsider used to fill the critical labor demands of an expanding industrialized economy. For its part, Mexico, always in a subordinate political and economic position vis-a-vis the United States, initially used its emigration policies to attempt to prevent the flight of its working citizens and then during World War II reversed its position to facilitate an out-migration that yieldedeconomic gains through remittances and relief from unemployment and rapid population growth. Although the implementation or absence of regulatory measures depended upon an array of historical and locally determined factors, the binational economic need for migrant labor and the perceived racialcomposition of migrants and their membership in the nation-state remained fundamental to legislative practices.

Author Biography

Mark Overmyer-Velzquez is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Visions of the Emerald City: Modernity, Tradition, and the Formation of Porfirian Oaxaca, Mexico (2006), which won the 2007 Best Book Prize awarded by the New England Council on Latin American Studies.

Table of Contents

Weaponized Fences and Novel Borderings: The Beginning of a New History?p. ix
Prefacep. xv
List of Figures and Tablesp. xvii
Histories and Historiographies of Greater Mexicop. xix
Chronological Histories
"Los de casa se van, los de fuera no vieneri" The First Mexican Immigrants, 1848-1900p. 3
Mexican Labor Migration, 1876-1924p. 28
The Repatriation of Mexicans from the United States and Mexican Nationalism, 1929-1940p. 51
The Bracero Program, 1942-1964p. 79
Migration and the Border, 1965-1985p. 103
Comparative Themes
Race and the New Southern Migration, 1986 to the Presentp. 125
Indigenous Mexican Migrantsp. 161
Mexican Migration and the Lawp. 179
Gender, Sexuality, and Mexican Migrationp. 204
Cultural Representation and Mexican Immigrationp. 227
Epilogue The Past and Future of Mexico-U.S. Migrationp. 251
Appendix Chronology of Mexican Migrationp. 267
Contributorsp. 287
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 337
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