Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation

Paperback | November 15, 2010

EditorMaggie Rivas-Rodríguez, Emilio Zamora

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Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez 's edited volume Mexican Americans & World War II brought pivotal stories from the shadows, contributing to the growing acknowledgment of Mexican American patriotism as a meaningful force within the Greatest Generation. In this latest anthology, Rivas-Rodríguez and historian Emilio Zamora team up with scholars from various disciplines to add new insights. Beyond the Latino World War II Hero focuses on home-front issues and government relations, delving into new arenas of research and incorporating stirring oral histories.

These recollections highlight realities such as post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on veterans' families, as well as Mexican American women of this era, whose fighting spirit inspired their daughters to participate in Chicana/o activism of the 1960s and 1970s. Other topics include the importance of radio as a powerful medium during the war and postwar periods, the participation of Mexican nationals in World War II, and intergovernmental negotiations involving Mexico and Puerto Rico. Addressing the complexity of the Latino war experience, such as the tandem between the frontline and the disruption of the agricultural migrant stream on the home front, the authors and contributors unite diverse perspectives to harness the rich resources of an invaluable oral history.

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Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez 's edited volume Mexican Americans & World War II brought pivotal stories from the shadows, contributing to the growing acknowledgment of Mexican American patriotism as a meaningful force within the Greatest Generation. In this latest anthology, Rivas-Rodríguez and historian Emilio Zamora team up with scholars f...

MAGGIE RIVAS-RODRÍGUEZ is Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and in 1999 founded the U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project. The project has interviewed over 650 men and women of the WWII generation and has multiple components, including a photographic exhibit, a play, three books, an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:263 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292725809

ISBN - 13:9780292725805

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Foreword José LimónAcknowledgmentsIntroduction Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez and Emilio Zamora1. The Paradox of War: Mexican American Patriotism, Racism, and Memory Richard Griswold del Castillo2. Embracing the Ether: The Use of Radio by the Latino World War II Generation Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez3. "Now Get Back to Work": Mexican Americans and the Agricultural "Migrant Stream" Dionicio Valdés4. The Latinas of World War II: From Familial Shelter to Expanding Horizons Joanne Rao Sánchez5. Mexican Nationals in the U.S. Military: Diplomacy and Battlefield Sacrifice Emilio Zamora6. The Color of War: Puerto Rican Soldiers and Discrimination during World War II Silvia Alvarez Curbelo7. God and War: The Impact of Combat upon Latino Soldiers' Religious Beliefs Rea Ann Trotter8. Silent Wounds: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Latino World War II Veterans Ricardo Ainslie and Daphny Domínguez9. Mother's Legacy: Cultivating Chicana Consciousness during the War Years Brenda SendejoNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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The editors and contributors make a very significant contribution to the field. This volume creates a window, then opens it. A whole new panorama is presented. - Juan Gómez Quiñones, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles