Mexican Nazis & Global Pachucos: Propaganda, Intelligence and the Production of Border Invasion Anxiety During World War II
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
David Romo, Summerlee Fellow, Dept. of History, Southern Methodist University, and Mellon Resident Scholar, SAR
Dr. Romo will explore the impact of German, Japanese, British, American and Mexican propaganda and intelligence activities along the U.S.-Mexico border before and during World War II. During this period, cross-border drug smuggling became conflated with Axis plots to subjugate America; Mexican braceros were no longer portrayed as unwanted aliens but rather hailed by U.S. government officials and propagandists as heroic “soldiers of production” in the battle against global fascism; and the Zoot Suit lifestyle of Mexican American barrio youth became a symbol of disloyalty. Axis propagandists paid close attention to such developments along the border region and frequently exploited the region’s issues in their short-wave radio broadcasts to Latin America as a means of undermining Pan-Americanism.
Videography by Jose Cruzado.