Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Paperback)

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By Peter Orner (Editor), Tom Andes
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There are an estimated 12 to 15 million undocumented workers in the US—mere numbers until you read their stories. They often come alone leaving families, traveling for months and spending thousands to get here. Their first person narratives speak of abuse and gross human right violations. They have been lied to, stolen from, physically and sexually abused and threatened... all for a better life. Read their stories and see if you don't open your eyes further to the plight of these people.

— From Seth


Millions of immigrants risk deportation and imprisonment by living in the US 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 oral histories of men and women struggling to carve a life for themselves in the US.

About the Author

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love, as well as two collections of stories, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. For the Voice of Witness series, Orner also co-edited Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives with Annie Holmes. Orner has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and holds a law degree from Northeastern University. He is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. He lives in Bolinas, California. Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico and is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hummingbird's Daughter and The Devil's Highway, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel is Into the Beautiful North. Urrea is a professor at The University of Illinois-Chicago.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781786632319
ISBN-10: 1786632314
Publisher: Verso
Publication Date: August 18th, 2016
Pages: 408
Language: English
Series: Voice of Witness