All the Agents and Saints

All the Agents and Saints

Dispatches From the U.S. Borderlands

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The University of North Carolina Press
After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home&;only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation's foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way. The frequency of these tragedies seemed like a terrible coincidence until Elizondo Griest moved to the New York&;Canada borderlands. Once she began to meet Mohawks from the Akwesasne Nation, she recognized striking parallels to life on the southern border. Having lost their land through devious treaties, their mother tongues at English-only schools, and their traditional occupations through capitalist ventures, Tejanos and Mohawks alike struggle under the legacy of colonialism. Toxic industries surround their neighborhoods, while the U.S. Border Patrol militarizes them. Combating these forces are legions of artists and activists devoted to preserving their indigenous cultures. Complex belief systems, meanwhile, conjure miracles. In All the Agents and Saints, Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between and the people who live there. This edition features a new preface by the author.

Topical Term: Mexican Americans
Mohawk Indians
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Preface to the paperback edition ©2020
ISBN: 9781469659244
Branch Call Number: F395.M5 E45 2020
Characteristics: xxi, 289 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 05, 2020

Unexpected gem. Well written, informative and engaging. Stephanie's anecdotes about life at our borders were memorable, funny and brought the character's to life. If you like Richard Grant (Dispatched From Pluto & God's Middle Finger) you'll enjoy this. Can't wait to read more from the author (requesting my library order "Around The Bloc").


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