They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression

Melita M. Garza (Author)
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Description

As the Great Depression gripped the United States in the early 1930s, the Hoover administration sought to preserve jobs for Anglo-Americans by targeting Mexicans, including long-time residents and even US citizens, for deportation. Mexicans comprised more than 46 percent of all people deported between 1930 and 1939, despite being only 1 percent of the US population. In all, about half a million people of Mexican descent were deported to Mexico, a "homeland" many of them had never seen, or returned voluntarily in fear of deportation.

They Came to Toil investigates how the news reporting of this episode in immigration history created frames for representing Mexicans and immigrants that persist to the present. Melita M. Garza sets the story in San Antonio, a city central to the formation of Mexican American identity, and contrasts how the city's three daily newspapers covered the forced deportations of Mexicans. She shows that the Spanish-language La Prensa not surprisingly provided the fullest and most sympathetic coverage of immigration issues, while the locally owned San Antonio Express and the Hearst chain-owned San Antonio Light varied between supporting Mexican labor and demonizing it. Garza analyzes how these media narratives, particularly in the English-language press, contributed to the racial "othering" of Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Adding an important new chapter to the history of the Long Civil Rights Movement, They Came to Toil brings needed historical context to immigration issues that dominate today's headlines.

Product Details

Price
$108.00
Publisher
University of Texas Press
Publish Date
January 01, 2018
Pages
264
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.75 X 9.0 inches | 1.23 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781477314067

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About the Author

A media historian and journalist, Melita M. Garza is a Pulitzer Prize nominee who has received awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. A former staff writer for Bloomberg news, the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, and Los Angeles Times, she is currently an assistant professor of journalism at Texas Christian University's Bob Schieffer College of Communication.