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Beyond Borders: A History of Mexican Migration to the United States

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9430-3
194 pages
February 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Beyond Borders: A History of Mexican Migration to the United States details the origins and evolution of the movement of people from Mexico into the United States from the first significant flow across the border at the turn of the twentieth century up to the present day.
  • Considers the issues from the perspectives of both the United States and Mexico
  • Offers a reasoned assessment of the factors that drive Mexican immigration, explains why so many of the policies enacted in Washington have only worsened the problem, and suggests what policy options might prove more effective
  • Argues that the problem of Mexican immigration can only be solved if Mexico and the United States work together to reduce the disequilibrium that propels Mexican immigrants to the United States
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Series Editor’s Preface.



1. Beginnings: 1848–1920.

2. Restriction, Depression, and Deportation: The 1920s and 1930s.

3. The Bracero Era: 1942–1964.

4. Illegal Immigration and Response: 1964–1990.

5. Free Trade and Homeland Security: 1990–Present.

Epilogue and Conclusion.

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Author Information

Timothy J. Henderson is a Professor of History at Auburn University Montgomery. He is the author or editor of several books on Mexican history, including The Mexican Wars for Independence (2009), A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and its War with the United States (2007), The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (2002, co-edited with Gilbert M. Joseph), and The Worm in the Wheat: Rosalie Evans and Agrarian Struggle in the Puebla-Tlaxcala Valley of Mexico, 1906-1927 (1998).
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"Well researched and documented. Very readable narrative. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 December 2011)

"Given all the ranting over Mexican immigration - on both sides of the issue - it’s like a breath of farm-fresh air in fall to have a book that quietly and concisely explains how we got here."
Sam Quinones, author of Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration

"Beyond Borders delivers on its title by synthesizing a complex binational history. Highly readable, it is an excellent resource for students, policymakers, and anyone interested in better understanding a process that is profoundly important for both the United States and Mexico."
David FitzGerald, Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, University of California, San Diego, author of A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration

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