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American Value: Migrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador and the United States

David Pedersen

Abstract

Over the past half-century, El Salvador has transformed dramatically. Historically reliant on primary exports such as coffee and cotton, the country emerged from a brutal civil war in 1992 to find much of its national income now coming from a massive emigrant workforce—over a quarter of its population—that earns money in the United States and sends it home. This book examines this new way of life as it extends across two places: Intipucá, a Salvadoran town infamous for its remittance wealth; and the Washington DC, metro area, home to the second-largest population of Salvadorans in the United S ... More

Keywords: coffee, El Salvador, cotton, civil war, emigrant workforce, national income, Intipucá, Salvadoran town, remittance wealth, Salvadorans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226653396
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226922775.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Pedersen, author