Miracles on the Border

Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States

Jorge Durand (Author), Douglas S. Massey (Author)
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This vivid study, richly illustrated with forty color photographs, offers a multilayered analysis of retablos—folk images painted on tin that are offered as votives of thanks for a miracle granted or a favor bestowed—created by Mexican migrants to the United States. Durand and Massey analyze 124 contemporary retablo texts, scrutinizing the shifting subjects and themes that constitute a running record of the migrant’s unique experience. The result is a vivid work of synthesis that connects the history of an art form and a people, links two very different cultures, and allows a deeper understanding of a major twentieth-century theme—the drama of transnational migration.

Miracles on the Border
216 Pages 9 x 7.75 x 0.9 Published: 1995 Paperback (9780816514977)

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