Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives

Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives

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Author/Contributor(s): Orner, Peter ; Urrea, Luis
Publisher: Verso
Date: 07/25/2017
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
These remarkable oral histories of undocumented men and women struggling to carve a life for themselves in the U.S. "[fill] a gap in our understanding of [immigration] by humanizing the people at the center of an otherwise cold debate" (Huffington Post)

They arrive from around the world for countless reasons. Many come simply to make a living. Others are fleeing persecution in their native countries. Millions of immigrants risk deportation and imprisonment by living in the U.S. without legal status. They are living underground, with little protection from exploitation at the hands of human smugglers, employers, or law enforcement. Underground America presents the remarkable stories of U.S. immigrants. Among the narrators:

Farid, an Iranian-American business owner who employs a number of American citizens while he himself remains undocumented. A critic of the Iranian government, he fears for his safety if he is deported to his native country.

Diana, who along with thousands of other Latino workers helped rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. After completing her work, she and many others were detained and imprisoned for not having proper documentation.

Liso, who was enticed to come to the United States as a religious missionary, but on arrival was forced into unpaid domestic labor.

Underground America is part of the Voice of Witness book series--co-founded by acclaimed author Dave Eggers--which uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.