Center for Mexican American Studies hosts talk with the co-editors of “Beyond the Latino World War II Hero”

rivbeyMaggie Rivas-Rodríguez, associate professor of journalism, and Emilio Zamora, professor of history, will discuss their new anthology “Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation” (University of Texas Press, 2009), at an event hosted by the Center for Mexican American Studies at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at El Mercado Uptown, 1702 Lavaca St.

The collection of oral histories, scribed by an array of scholars from various disciplines, adds illuminating insights into Mexican American patriotism during World War II. Addressing important issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on veterans’ families, and Chicano activism during the 1960s and 1970s, the writers contribute diverse perspectives of the Mexican American wartime experience.

Rivas-Rodríguez founded the U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project. The project has interviewed more than 650 men and women of the World War II generation and has multiple components, including a photographic exhibit, a play, three books, and educational material.

Zamora is the author of “Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas,” and “The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas.”

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  1. Well, I’m a Mexican American, a Vietnam veteran, born in Texas before the War, I was a cotton picker, from early age, our family spend every year working in the cotton fields, from south Texas to the panhandle. My book is about, the Mexicans, Los Milero’s the forgotten ones, just like anything good done by Mexicans, is never written, or is for gotten ing , just like our War Hero’s. This book will about the hardship in the cotton fields, the meaning of a Milero, or a Milera, when a person could pick one thousand pounds of cotton in one day, if a woman, or Men did they were Mileros, or Mileras. There no other groups of people, but Mexicans American who could pick, that amount of cotton in one day, this kind of history, is lost for ever, I want to Thank you for showing some of us that hero’s don’t have to be just American, but some of our greatest hero’s were Mexicans, from Mexico, and Mexicans American, what is written can’t never be taken away from us, Thank again Martiniano Chapa

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