278 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, 2 maps
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4103-4
Published: May 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4102-7
Published: May 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4104-1
Published: March 2018
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Awards & distinctions
2019 Barbara "Penny" Kanner Award, Western Association of Women Historians
A 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
With this richly detailed account, ranging from the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s to the emergence of Silicon Valley in the late 1960s, Chávez-García opens a new window onto the social, economic, political, and cultural developments of the day and recovers the human agency of much maligned migrants in our society today.
Published with support provided by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
About the Author
Miroslava Chávez-García is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
For more information about Miroslava Chávez-García, visit the Author Page.
“Migrant Longing is clearly of deep intellectual value . . . Provides an unfortunately needed humanization of Mexican immigrants during a time period when countless millions of Americans view Mexican and Latin American immigrants as a scourge to be kept at bay. Ultimately, this is scholarship at its finest.”--Western Historical Quarterly
“Offers a uniquely intimate look into the lives and aspirations of early 1960s migrants and their families and friends in Mexico. . . . A pathbreaking book.”--Southern California Quarterly
“This study is important because . . . few histories on twentieth-century Mexico have examined migrants’ firsthand personal experiences in the United States.”--International Migration Review
“A deeply personal, yet universal, exploration of migration, social change, solidarity, and loss.”--Momentum
“Explores the day-to-day texture of life on either side of the border in the mid-20th century as detailed in personal correspondence. . . . [An] ambitious study.”--Huntington Frontiers
“Chávez-García’s richly detailed and clearly and empathetically written book . . . shows that Mexican immigrants, rather than unthinking ‘beasts of burdens,’ were and are persons with very human needs, desires, and foibles (p. 31). Now, it seems, is not a bad time to be reminded of that.”--HAHR