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.
Subjects: Sociology, History
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