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ELViRA is the POiGNANT LiFE STORY OF A GiRL whose family iMMiGRATED TO THE UNiTED STATES to escape the violence of the MEXiCAN REVOLUTiON (1910-1921). . ·. Her father, Jacobo ChA¡vez, first found WORK ON THE RAiLROAD in Texas and far-away states. . ·. Remaining in El Paso, the WOMEN were obliged to LiVE iN CRAMPED BOXCARS WiTH THEiR CHiLDREN and to SEEK WORK AS DOMESTiCS. . ·. Later, her father found a better paying job in the MEAT-PACKiNG PLANTS OF KANSAS CiTY. . ·. Fatefully, the Chavezes were then RECRUiTED TO SCOTTSBLUFF, NEBRASKA where the ENTiRE FAMiLY some as young as five years old &minus. LABORED iN THE SUGAR-BEET AND POTATO FiELDS. . Elvira weaves into her FAMiLY HiSTORY heartrending stories of BACKBREAKiNG LABOR, iLLNESS AND DEATH, and the challenges of RACiSM and of LiFE BETWEEN TWO VERY DiFFERENT CULTURES. . ·. TUBERCULOSiS strikes several family members. . <