'World of Our Mothers' captures oral histories of 45 women who immigrated from Mexico to Arizona

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 11:52am
Updated: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 11:54am

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The Mexican Revolution saw droves of women move across the border to the Untied States in the early 1900s.

The period of conflict drew a lot of families north looking for work and a better life, especially those who lost their husbands and fathers in the war.

Mexican women often had to become both financial and familial heads of households, providing for their families in a brand new country.

Yvonne de la Torre Montiel and her husband, Miguel, chronicled these stories in their new book, "World of Our Mothers." The project captures the oral histories of 45 women who immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. in this time, and their experiences living and working in Arizona mining towns and barrios.

The Show spoke with her about the challenges they faced crossing the border in such a violent time.   

World of Our Mothers by Yvonne de la Torre Montiel
University of Arizona Press, ASU School of Transborder Studies
Yvonne de la Torre Montiel, co-author of “World of Our Mothers: Mexican Revolution–Era Immigrants and Their Stories”

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