Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930's recounts the injustice and suffering endured by the Mexican community during the 1930's. Decade of Betrayal focuses on the experiences of individuals forced to undergo the tragic ordeal of betrayal, deprivation, and adjustment. This revised edition also addresses the inclusion of the event in the educational curriculum, the issuance of a formal apology, and the question of fiscal remuneration. During the Great Depression, a sense of total despair plagued the United States. Americans sought a convenient scapegoat and found it in the Mexican community. Laws forbidding employment of Mexicans were accompanied by the hue and cry to "get rid of the Mexicans!" The hysteria led pandemic repatriation drives and one million Mexicans and their children were illegally shipped to Mexico. Francisco E. Balderrama & Raymond Rodríguez share that, despite their horrific treatment and traumatic experiences, the American born children never gave up hope of returning to the United States. Upon attaining legal age, they badgered their parents to let them return home. Repatriation survivors who came back worked diligently to get their lives back together. Due to their sense of shame, few of them ever told their children about their tragic ordeal.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS OF Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930's
Francisco E. Balderrama is a Professor of History and Chicano Studies at Cal State University Los Angeles located in Los Angeles, Ca.
Raymond Rodríguez was 10 years old in 1936 when his immigrant father walked out of the family's Long Beach farmhouse and returned to Mexico, never to see his wife and children again. Rodríguez, a former Long Beach City College administrator and columnist for the Long Beach Press-Telegram died in July 2013.
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Revised edition
Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.5 inches
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