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Maria's Journey
by Ramon Arredondo and Trisha Hull Arredondo
Indiana Historical Society Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-0-87195-319-3 | Paper: 978-0-87195-286-8
Library of Congress Classification F548.9.M5A78 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.896872073077

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Born into the Mexican Revolution, Maria Perez entered an arranged marriage at age fourteen to Miguel Arredondo. The couple and their tiny daughter immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, living in a boxcar while Miguel worked for a Texas railroad and eventually settling in East Chicago, Indiana, where Miguel worked for Inland Steel. Their story includes much of early-twentieth-century America: the rise of unions, the plunge into the Great Depression, the patriotism of World War II, and the starkness of McCarthyism. It is flavored by delivery men hawking fruit and ice, street sports, and Saturday matinees that began with newsreels. Immigration status colors every scene, adding to their story deportation and citizenship, generational problems unique to new immigrants, and a miraculous message of hope.
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