By John Mason Hart
The historical past of Mexican and Mexican-American operating periods has been segregated through the political boundary that separates the USA of the United States from the us of Mexico. hence, students have lengthy missed the social, cultural, and political threads that the 2 teams carry in universal. extra, they've got seldom addressed the influence of yank values and enterprises at the operating classification of that kingdom. Compiled via one of many prime North American specialists at the Mexican Revolution, the essays in Border Crossings: Mexican and Mexican-American employees discover the historic approach in the back of the formation of the Mexican and Mexican- American operating sessions. the quantity connects the heritage in their stories from the cultural beginnings and the increase of industrialism in Mexico to the overdue 20th century within the U.S. Border Crossings notes the same social studies and techniques of Mexican staff in either nations, group formation and group organisations, their mutual relief efforts, the pursuits of individuals among Mexico and Mexican-American groups, the jobs of girls, and the formation of political teams. eventually, Border Crossings addresses the designated stipulations of Mexicans within the usa, together with the construction of a Mexican-American heart category, the effect of yankee racism on Mexican groups, and the character and evolution of border cities and the borderlands.
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Additional resources for Border Crossings: Mexican and Mexican-American Workers (Latin American Silhouettes)
Beginning in the late nineteenth and continuing through the twentieth century, Mexican workers have strived to provide themselves with adequate public housing through volunteer construction projects known as colonias obreras. They have done so with the know-how or empowerment derived from centuries of self-help and mutual aid. The Mexican government has never provided the support needed for adequate public housing. Chronically undersupported and underpaid, Mexican workers partially overcome their poverty by continuing to organize as self-helping, self-managing, and dedicated vecinos living in self-built neighborhoods made up of private parcels.
Workers, including women employed in the textile mills, sought assistance from the national labor movement in order to defend their collective interests. By the first decade of the twentieth century, El Hijo del Ahuizote, read by artisans, intellectuals, students, and leftists, mocked the president while demanding wider freedoms and justice for workers. Writers using nationalist terminology protested the mistreatment of working women and the rural poor. Author Heriberto Frías in Tomochic epitomized the concern for "Indians" and a peasantry dispossessed by the Liberal land reforms.
As early as 1881 workers from the Contreras textile factory south of Mexico City formed a housing cooperative at Tlalpizalco in the state of México. They opened their own grocery and dry goods outlet in order to provision the community at minimal cost. They named their community Colonia Cerícola and organized the real estate in individual rather than communal parcels. Teams of workers at Colonia Cerícola took on semipermanent community duties such as street maintenance, pest control, irrigation, fence and other public construction, and police work.