The first decades of the twentieth century were crucial for the development of Mexican circular family migration, a process shaped by family and community networks as much as it was fashioned by labor markets and economic conditions. Even the Women Are Leaving explores bidirectional migration across the US-Mexico border from 1890 to 1965 and centers the experiences of Mexican women and families. Highlighting migrant voices and testimonies, Larisa L. Veloz depicts the long history of family and female migration across the border and elucidates the personal experiences of early twentieth-century border crossings, family separations, and reunifications. This book offers a fresh analysis of the ways that female migrants navigated evolving immigration restrictions and constructed binational lives through the eras of the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Bracero Program.
Even the Women Are Leaving Migrants Making Mexican America, 1890–1965
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Reviews“Even the Women Are Leaving provides a unique, significant, and rich contribution to the larger field of immigration. There are many writings on immigration but few have attempted, as this book does, to incorporate a more full story of family migration. This book is even more rare in retelling the history of migration through the lens of women’s migration experiences.” ⎯Sonia Hernández, author of For a Just and Better World: Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900–1938
“Larisa Veloz successfully recovers the multiple voices and experiences of Mexican women and children and also families that crossed the US-Mexico border. The intricate and intimate discussion of binational lives and mixed-status families, circular migrations, returns, and deportations are unique contributions. Tremendously timely, Even the Women Are Leaving contextualizes the (sad and cruel) long story of family separation, and the importance of family reunification."⎯Sandra C. Mendiola García, author of Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico
"Even the Women Are Leaving is an important contribution—fabulously illustrative and well researched.”⏤Susie Porter, Professor of History and Gender Studies, University of Utah