I Don’t Cry, But I Remember: A Mexican Immigrant’s Story of Endurance Joyce Lackie

ISBN: 9780816529964

Published: April 1st 2012

Paperback

248 pages


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I Don’t Cry, But I Remember: A Mexican Immigrant’s Story of Endurance  by  Joyce Lackie

I Don’t Cry, But I Remember: A Mexican Immigrant’s Story of Endurance by Joyce Lackie
April 1st 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 248 pages | ISBN: 9780816529964 | 4.70 Mb

When Viviana Salguero came to the United States in 1946, she spoke very little English, had never learned to read or write, and had no job skills besides housework or field labor. She worked eighteen-hour days and lived outdoors as often as not. AndMoreWhen Viviana Salguero came to the United States in 1946, she spoke very little English, had never learned to read or write, and had no job skills besides housework or field labor.

She worked eighteen-hour days and lived outdoors as often as not. And yet she raised twelve children, shielding them from her abusive husband when she dared, and shared in both the tragedies and accomplishments of her family. Through it all, Viviana never lost her love for Mexico or her gratitude to the United States for what would eventually become a better life. Though her story is unique, Viviana Salguero could be the mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother of immigrants anywhere, struggling with barriers of gender, education, language, and poverty.In I Dont Cry, But I Remember, Joyce Lackie shares with us an intimate portrait of Vivianas life.

Based on hours of recorded conversations, Lackie skillfully translates the interviews into an engaging, revealing narrative that details the migrant experience from a womans point of view and fills a gap in our history by examining the role of women of color in the American Southwest. The book presents Vivanas life not only as a chronicle of endurance, but as a tale of everyday resistance. What she lacks in social confidence, political strength, and economic stability, she makes up for in dignity, faith, and wisdom.Like all good oral history, Salgueros accounts and Lackies analyses contribute to our understanding of the past by exposing the inconsistencies and contradictions in our remembrances.

This book will appeal to ethnographers, oral historians, students and scholars of Chicana studies and womens studies, as well as general readers interested in the lives of immigrant women.



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