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Miracles on the Border
Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States
By Jorge Durand
216 pp. / 9.00 in x 7.75 in / 1995
Paper (978-0-8165-1497-7)
Related Interest
  - Latina and Latino Studies
  - Arts

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.

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