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Tierra y Libertad Steven W. Bender

Tierra y Libertad By Steven W. Bender

Tierra y Libertad by Steven W. Bender

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Traces the history of Latinos' struggle for adequate housing opportunities, from the nineteenth century to today's anti-immigrant policies and mortgage crisis

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Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing by Steven W. Bender

One of the quintessential goals of the American Dream is to own land and a home, a place to raise one's family and prove one's prosperity. Particularly for immigrant families, home ownership is a way to assimilate into American culture and community. However, Latinos, who make up the country's largest minority population, have largely been unable to gain this level of inclusion. Instead, they are forced to cling to the fringes of property rights and ownership through overcrowded rentals, transitory living arrangements, and, at best, home acquisitions through subprime lenders.
In Tierra y Libertad, Steven W. Bender traces the history of Latinos' struggle for adequate housing opportunities, from the nineteenth century to today's anti-immigrant policies and national mortgage crisis. Spanning southwest to northeast, rural to urban, Bender analyzes the legal hurdles that prevent better housing opportunities and offers ways to approach sweeping legal reform. Tierra y Libertad combines historical, cultural, legal, and personal perspectives to document the Latino community's ongoing struggle to make America home.

Tierra y Libertad Reviews

Steven Benders Tierra y Libertad is interesting, his research is great, and the information is long overdue. -- Dolores Huerta,co-founder of the United Farm Workers
Nothing is more vital to dignity and wellbeing than a home of ones own. This fine book describes Latinos struggles to achieve home ownership in a society that has placed obstacles in their way at every turn. -- Richard Delgado,author of The Rodrigo Chronicles
Tierra y Libertad: Land Liberty and Latino Housing offers an overview of the challenges that Latinos have face over the past 160 years in achieving and maintaining homeownership. -- Louis DeSipio * The Law and Politics Book Review *
This book will draw in readers who want to explore the historical, political, economic, and social contexts of the recent foreclosure crisis for Latinos pursuing the American dream of home ownership. . . Bender does and exceptional job of investigating Mexican American experiences while opening the door for future studies of other Latino group experiences. -- S. Lawson-Clark, Wake Forest University * Choice Magazine *

About Steven W. Bender

Steven W. Bender is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Seattle University School of Law. He is the author of Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from US History (NYU Press, 2015), Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings (NYU Press, 2012), Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing (NYU Press, 2010), and Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press, 2003).

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Part I. Running for the Border to Escape Justice1 El Fugitivo Part II. Economic Motivations for Southbound Border Runs2 Gringos in Paradise 3 A Giant Sucking SoundPart III. Illicit Motivations for Southbound Border Runs 4 Margaritaville: The Lure of Alcohol 5 Losin' It: Prostitution and the Child Sex Trade 6 Going Southbound: Mexican Divorces and Medical Border Runs Part IV. Economic Motivations for Northbound Border Runs7 Rum-Running for the Border 8 Acapulco Gold 9 Coming to AmericaPart V. A Framework for Comprehensive Border Reform 10 Lessons from 150 Years of Border Crossings11 Good Neighbor Immigration Policy 12 Reefer Madness 13 A Framework for Southbound Crossings 14 Laws the Border Leaves BehindConclusionNotesIndex About the Author

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Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing by Steven W. Bender
New York University Press
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