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Balderrama, Francisco E., and Raymond Rodriguez. Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s. Revised ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006.
Balderrama discusses the issues and consequences revolving around Mexican repatriation in the 1930s.  The issues included the recruitment of thousands of Mexicans to the labor workforce in the United States between 1910 and 1928.  When the U.S. economy began to falter in 1928 an anti-immigrant sentiment arose in the U.S.  Americans assumed that by sending Mexicans back to Mexico it would prove beneficial to the economy, i.e. save tax payers money, welfare programs and job security.  Many Mexicans were willing to return to their homeland because their original plan was to stay for a small amount of time but the great amount of discrimination they experienced only forced them to leave sooner.  The author also discusses the failure of the Mexican government to support their people upon their return. This book concludes and analyzes all of the major themes and happenings throughout all of the Repatriation. The relevance of this book answers any questions regarding this topic.


Cotera, Maria Eugenia. Interview by Efrain Merchan. Ann Arbor, MI.
14 November 2007.


Current Radio Program. CBC Radio.
7 November 2007
Radio program discussing the Mexican repatriation with interviews of repatriates and people who are working to have this portion of history acknowledged by the United States government.


Enciso, Fernando Saul Alanis. "No Cuenten Conmigo: La Politica De Repatriacion Del Gobierno Mexicano Y Sus Nacionales En Estados Unidos, 1910-1928."
Estudiados Mexicanos 2nd ser. 19 (2003):  401-431.
This article discusses the responses from the Mexican Government regarding the return of Mexican nationals (and US born Mexicans) back to their country of origin or alleged country of origin. The author concludes that the Mexican Government support of the Repatriation Campaigns is merely a myth. In fact, the Mexican government had a more caring role towards its citizens than it had been portrayed as in earlier histories. This article discusses the major political themes included in the Repatriation and supports the arguments of government assistance.


Fronteras Nortenas, Los Repatriados
http://www.losrepatriados.org. (Accessed 1 Nov. 2007)
Elena Herrada launched a research project in Detroit, Michigan in 2000. Herrada’s focus is to obtain oral histories, first-hand, from Mexican families in the greater Detroit area. The goal of the website is to reach out to the community at large in order to prevent the loss of such an important part of American history.


Guerin-Gonzales, Camille. Mexican Workers and American Dreams: Immigration, Repatriation, And. California Farm Labor, 1900-1939. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994.
This book discusses Mexican migrants in the United Status and their working and living conditions. Two chapters focus on the Repatriation specifically exploring the ideas related to the United State’s methods in encouraging Mexican immigrants to leave. More importantly, these chapters also explore the difficulty adjusting to life in Mexico. Although this book talks about immigrant working conditions, it sets the stage for introduction and concise explanation of the Repatriation.



Handbook of Texas Online
(Accessed 30 Oct 2007).
Mexican repatriation is generally connected to the Great Depression after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. However, it is important to note that Mexican repatriation occurred in Texas after it declared its independence from Mexico in 1836. The first large-scale repatriation occurred at the end of the Mexican War in 1848. Due to this, San Antonio was almost entirely abandoned.


Herrada, Elena. Los Repatriados: Exiles From the Promised Land. Directed by Elena Herrada. Produced by Julio Gerrero. Frontera Nortenas, Detroit MI, 2000. DVD.
This documentary of collective interviews conducted by Fronteras Nortenas research team, led by Elena Herrada, demonstrates the reality of the millions of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans whom were unjustly deported in the 1930s.

Herrada, Elena. Interview by Brittani Hernandez. Ann Arbor, MI.
6 November 2007


Hoffnung-Garskof, Jesse. Michigan: Latino America State by State. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2007.
Excerpt from the forthcoming book by professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof researching the history of Latinos in America.


Mexican Town Community Development Corporation.
Website promoting events, history, programs and cultural issues for and about the Mexican Town district of Detroit, MI.


Valenciana, Christine. Interview by Valerie Orleans. Quoted on California State University, Fullerton News & Information.
Article containing an interview conducted by Valerie Orleans discussing Christine Valenciana’s research on the Mexican repatriation and her mother’s experience during the repatriation.