Against the Grain

Migration in Real Life

In the two decades following the end of the bracero program in 1964, the number of Mexicans who migrated to the U.S. without papers rose dramatically. Who were these people, why did they cross the border, and who did they leave behind in Mexico? Did migrants tend to stay permanently in the U.S., or did what’s called circular migration take place? Ana Raquel Minian conducted over 250 oral history interviews on both sides of the border. (Encore presentation.)

Ana Raquel Minian, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration Harvard University Press, 2018

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