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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Mario T. Garcia's Desert Immigrants documents and analyzes the growth of the border city of El Paso, Texas. The transformation of El Paso from a small crossroads community between Mexico and the U.S. to a major commercial and industrial metropolis is presented in terms of "the growth of American industrial capitalism and its need for new sources of cheap and manageable labor." Garcia's attention to the economic underpinnings of El Paso's growth is well developed and he integrates many types of historical information. Business and labor statistics, demographic figures and newspaper accounts of day-to-day life in the city show the impact of immigration upon the border town.
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