Juana Gallegos Valadez: Immigrant, Traveler
During the 1910s and 1920s in Mexico, the spread of the railroads, the breakup of the hacienda system (akin to feudal farming), and the upheaval of the Mexican Revolution provided means and motivation for many people to move to the cities.
Around 1918, Juana Gallegos moved with her parents from the hacienda her father managed to Mexico City, where the family had political connections.
After President Venustiano Carranza was deposed, Juana and her mother returned to Matehuala and in 1923 emigrated to the United States to escape the ongoing turmoil of the revolution. For more on the experiences of Mexican immigrants, see the Going Global and The Peoples Highway: Route 66 sections of this exhibition.