Problemas Migratorios de Mexico. Apuntamientos para Su Resolucion

Mexico City: 1925. 178,vi,[1]pp., plus fourteen pictorial plates (one folding) and two tables (one folding). Small quarto. Modern black quarter morocco and black cloth, spine gilt. Minor soiling to half title, otherwise minimal occasional foxing or thumb-soiling. Very good. Item #3593

A detailed and extensive treatise regarding the challenges, benefits, and importance of emigration to Mexico in the early-20th century. The author states (in rough English translation): “The deeply rooted formula of 'foreign-enemy' must be withdrawn from circulation as false currency and a barbaric and harmful formula: foreigners made the greatness of the United States of America...we, full of prejudice, are left behind....”  The author discusses the challenge of the current attractiveness of the U.S. for emigrants, which he argues they much prefer before Mexico. He states that even Mexican farmers are drawn north: “year after year we lose more with the exodus of braceros to the American Union, than the men killed or maimed per year also, in the most terrible times of our internal struggles.” Other chapters focus on Sao Paulo, Brazil as a “model state” for emigration; a study of American immigration laws, within which the author finds many opportunities for Mexico to draw immigration to the country; the current state of readiness in Mexico for accepting immigrants; and a chapter of conclusions drawn by the author.

A most interesting aspect of the work is Durón González's analysis of the settlements of American Mormons and Mennonites in the northern states of Mexico, including the Colonia Juarez in Chihuahua, the settlers in the Valley of Paradise in Nuevo Leon, and those at Durango, all of whom are pictured in some of the photographic plates. Interestingly, the author considered that French, Italian, and Portuguese emigrants would be more suitable as settlers than Mormons or Mennonites because, according to him, their assimilation to the rest of the inhabitants was more feasible. In addition to the handful of images featuring Mormon and Mennonite colonies, the plates picture scenes around Sao Paulo and several “Hospederia para Inmigrantes” within Mexico. An important and informative work relating to the issues surrounding emigration to Mexico in the Roaring Twenties.

Price: $1,250.00