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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Aug 27, 2011

really liked it
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Most compelling story, especially, in light of its historical backdrop. The Mexican Repatriation occurred during the 1930's as a result of depression-related unemployed. This little known event ranks in magnitude with the Japanese-American Internment and Native American genocide. Many forced to leave were, in fact, American citizens—some by naturalization and some by birth.

Mexican children in Montana before deportation

The above photo is by Dan MacMedan as part of a 2006 USA TODAY article on repatriation and the then current government's obligation to formally acknowledge it.

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