History Department
History Department

Book signing: "Beyond the Latino World War II Hero"

Thu, February 18, 2010 | El Mercado Uptown, 1702 Lavaca St., Austin, Texas 78701

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Book signing:

Co-editors Emilio Zamora and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez will present to the public their recent anthology on Latinos/as during the Second World War, Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation

They team up with scholars from various disciplines to add new insights on home-front experiences and government relations, delving into new arenas of research and incorporating stirring oral histories, many from the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project at The University of Texas.

The book also addresses post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on veterans' families and the wartime experiences of Mexican American women, whose fighting spirit inspired their daughters to participate in the social movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Other topics include the importance of radio as a powerful medium during the war and postwar periods, the participation of Mexican nationals in World War II, and intergovernmental negotiations involving Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The editors add that: "The authors consistently observe that Latinos/as were integral to the war effort and that they often made extraordinary contributions despite their position as a racialized community of low-wage workers.  They also suggest subterranean wells of resentment that mirror and no doubt contributed to emergent critiques and aspirations associated with the cause for equal rights that extends into our times."

Reading: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Signing/Reception: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, History Dept.

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