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Flight to Freedom: The Story of Central American Refugees in California (Hispanic Civil Rights)


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They had been massacred, assassinated. The death squad] had pulled off their nails. They had been burned with acid ... shot in the head. In a provoking, first-person account of the horrors of war and political persecution, Salvadoran refugee and community leader Carlos Vaquerano remembers the day that his brother Marcial and seven others were brutally murdered by the death squads supported by his country's violent right-wing government. When a sister in the United States offers to help him emigrate, Carlos and his family agree that he has no other options. So, like the more than one million Central American refugees fleeing the atrocities of war, Carlos makes the difficult journey through Mexico and into the U.S. Once here, though, he cannot forget his brother's admonishment: Never forget that you have to fight so that justice exists in our country. Fulfilling his brother's plea, Carlos Vaquerano would go on to establish the Salvadoran-American Leadership and Educational Fund, one of the nation's leading Central American organizations. Each of the eight people interviewed for this landmark collection--Carmen Alegria, Isabel Beltran, Juan Ramon Cardona, Eduardo Gonzalez, Javier Huete, Alicia Mendoza, Rossana Perez, and Carlos Vaquerano--is a leader in the Salvadoran/Central American refugee movement. Consequently, this book offers insight into the early philosophy and framework of the movement as revealed by some of its pioneers. Published as part of the Hispanic Civil Rights Series, this compelling and historically significant volume collects the personal narratives of Central American refugees who fled the violence in their homelands and became leading community advocates at theforefront of social justice.

Book News Annotation:

They watched as troops tortured and murdered their brothers, sisters, parents and children. Then they had to find their way from El Salvador and other parts of Central America through Mexico to the US. Once there, their memories and promises to those they left behind, living and dead, led them to organize such groups as the Salvadoran-American Leadership and Educational Fund to organize their communities and advocate for justice. These eight narratives are graphic, forthright and passionate, and those telling them are fully aware of their power. They are careful to describe fully their experiences before and after they came to America, including the workings of death squads in Central America and open discrimination in the US. They are hopeful but realistic, fully aware that most Americans know little or nothing of their stories, and those of over a million others from Central America. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

Perez, Rossana
Arte Publico Press
Villarroel, Carolina
Ramos, Henry A. J.
Perez, Rosana
United states
Anthropology - Cultural
Refugees - United States - California
Refugees -- Central America.
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Hispanic Civil Rights
Publication Date:
8.43x5.34x.64 in. .64 lbs.

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