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Beyond la Frontera

The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez

Publication Date - July 2011

ISBN: 9780195382228

400 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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A unique, multidisciplinary volume by today's leading scholars


Providing a comprehensive and up-to-date historical overview of Mexican migration to the U.S., Beyond la Frontera: The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration examines the transnational and historical impact of migratory trends as they developed in Mexico and the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Featuring essays by leading authors in the field, the book utilizes both a chronological and thematic structure, referencing mutually influential periods in Mexican and Mexican-American history. Taking into consideration the bi-national historical factors and narrative constructions of Mexican migration, Beyond la Frontera also describes how we may better understand the persistent legislative debates surrounding migrant rights and national sovereignty.

About the Author(s)

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Visions of the Emerald City: Modernity, Tradition, and the Formation of Porfirian Oaxaca, Mexico (2006), which won the 2007 Best Book Prize awarded by the New England Council on Latin American Studies.


"This collection of new essays by well-established scholars provides welcome relief from the old debates. The contributors shine new light on Mexican and U.S. immigration policies over time, and around key themes, to illustrate the profound, diverse, and disparate impact of migration on both societies. In addition to being highly readable essays in themselves, together they constitute a powerful new text for the teaching of Mexican immigration history beyond la frontera."--Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Brown University

"This is the best compilation of histories and historiographies that I know of on Mexican immigration to the United States. The scholarship in the introduction is exceptional. The rest is an excellent source of historical and current data, indispensable for teaching and research on the subject."--Jorge Bustamante, University of Notre Dame and UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

"In an era in which heated rhetoric on both sides of the Mexican immigration controversy has undermined the opportunity for reasoned discussion, this thought-provoking anthology should serve as a starting point for anyone interested in seriously pondering and engaging some of the most vexing political and social issues of our time."--David G. Gutierrez, UC San Diego

Table of Contents

    Foreword: Saskia Sassen, Weaponized Fences and Novel Borderings: The Beginning of a New History?
    List of Figures and Tables
    Introduction: Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, Histories and Historiographies of Greater Mexico
    Part One: Chronological Histories
    Chapter 1. Juan Mora-Torres, "Los de casa se van, los de fuera no vienen": The First Mexican Immigrants, 1848-1900
    Chapter 2. Gilbert G. Gonzalez, Mexican Labor Migration, 1876-1924
    Chapter 3. Fernando Saúl Alanís Enciso, The Repatriation of Mexicans from the United States and Mexican Nationalism, 1929-1940
    Chapter 4. Michael Snodgrass, The Bracero Program, 1942-1964
    Chapter 5. Oscar J. Martínez, Migration and the Border, 1965-1985
    Part Two: Comparative Themes
    Chapter 6. Helen B. Marrow, Race and the New Southern Migration, 1986 to the Present
    Chapter 7. Jonathan Fox, Indigenous Mexican Migrants
    Chapter 8. David Fitzgerald, Mexican Migration and the Law
    Chapter 9. Eithne Luibhéid and Robert Buffington, Gender, Sexuality, and Mexican Migration
    Chapter 10. Alex M. Saragoza, Cultural Representation and Mexican Immigration
    Epilogue: Douglas Massey, The Past and Future of Mexico-U.S. Migration
    Appendix: Chronology of Mexican Migration

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