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The Devil's Highway

How does Urrea describe the border patrol in the narrative of The Devil's Highway, Chapter 1?

Urrea provides the border patrol agents with plentiful compassion. There is little acknowledgment that border patrol agents have chosen to take a position that directly involves destroying...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 9:28 pm UTC

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What are important quotes from chapters in Luis Alberto Urrea's book The Devil's Highway?

Immigration, the drive northward, is a white phenomenon. This quotation from chapter 1, "The Rules of the Game," attempts to place the phenomenon of immigration in its historical context. When...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 7:21 am UTC

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What is Urrea's main argument/message in The Devil's Highway?

Luis Alberto Urrea's message is that the immigration system is broken and needs to be addressed on multiple fronts. He also makes it clear how tragic the fate of the men who died on the Devil's...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 9:08 pm UTC

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Please provide a short summary of chapter one of The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Luis Alberto Urrea is a journalist who did extensive research on a tragic incident for his book The Devil's Highway. Twenty-six men (known as the Wellstone 26) left Mexico for the United States,...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2013 2:26 am UTC

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In the Devils Highway, why did Maradona abandon Mendez and the group last minute? Was he himself afraid of the route...

Those are great questions! In The Devil’s Highway, Maradona is supposed to be the “old pro,” the one who knows exactly how to lead walkers into the United States and turn them into cash. He was...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 5:33 pm UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, why did their guide Mendez abandon them in the end?

Let us remember that Urrea expertly paints the background of Mendez and depicts him as the young, uneducated and rather naive youth that he is. Also, let us remember that Maradona, the man who...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2011 7:02 pm UTC

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In the book "The Devils Highway," what is Urrea's purpose in giving the history of the region?

I find your wording interesting in this question in regards to “the history of the region.” Although I am not sure, my guess is you mean the history of “the devil’s highway” as opposed to the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015 11:21 am UTC

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Who or what is responsible for the death of the group known as the Yuma 14 in The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto...

The Yuma 14 died from exposure to the dangerous desert environment in Arizona. However, Luis Alberto shows that the governments of Mexico and America, as well as the human smuggler who ferried them...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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In "The Devil's Highway" by Luis Urrea, how and why do you think Urrea describes illegal immigration as "a game"?

In any game, there are always two opposing sides; this is certainly the case in the area of illegal immigration. In the book, Urrea discusses how the Border Patrol agents (La Migra) often find...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 2:06 pm UTC

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According to The Devil’s Highway, what factors pushed the Wellstone 26 into the most inhospitable parts of the...

Luis Alberto Urrea makes it abundantly clear that The Devil’s Highway is named aptly, because it is hell on earth. There is no respite from the relentless sun, and dehydration and overheating are...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2020 8:53 am UTC

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Besides the border, what is another symbol in Luis Urrea's book The Devil's Highway?

The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea, is the true story of twenty-six men who attempted to cross the United States-Mexico border. Because of the tragic events of their journey, the entire...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2012 4:38 am UTC

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Can someone give me a summary of The Devil's Highway?

Based on a true story, this extremely topical novel presents us with the raw reality of a group of Mexican migrants trying to find their way into the United States. Driven by their need to earn...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2010 5:06 am UTC

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What are five sentences from Luis Alberto Urrea's The Devil's Highway that help develop the importance of the setting...

Luis Alberto Urrea’s nonfiction account of the deaths of 14 men who crossed the Mexican border into the United States and attempted to walk towards a better life, The Devil’s Highway, is full of...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2014 8:31 pm UTC

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What lesson do you think The Devil's Highway is trying to teach?

While The Devil's Highway focuses on a particular incident, it addresses a much broader issue. Urrea uses this 2001 tragedy to study immigration from varied perspectives. He conveys the physical...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 9:03 am UTC

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What are some different examples that Urrea gives of the Devil's Highway swallowing up those who try to cross or...

In his book, which details the true story of a hazardous stretch of Sonora desert on the U.S./Mexico border known as the "Devil's Highway," Luis Alberto Urrea begins by recounting a story...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019 10:50 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the title of chapter 7, "A Pepsi for the Apocolypse"?

The title is significant in that it highlights how vulnerable the migrants were. Also, the title reinforces how unprepared the walkers were to deal with desert conditions. In essence, the words "A...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2018 4:37 pm UTC

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Can you characterize the immigrants as "good people" and the border patrol agents as "bad people" in The Devil's...

Of course readers of The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea could make the assumption that all the illegal immigrants trying to cross the American border are "good people" and all the Border...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2013 6:16 am UTC

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What is the climax of the book The Devil's Highway?

The Devil's Highway is a nonfiction work that follows a group of men from Veracruz, Mexico, to a desolate stretch of desert near Ajo, Arizona, far west of Tucson, Arizona, and far east of Yuma,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 6:32 am UTC

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Why were the immigrants who died listed as "white males" in The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea?

In the non-fiction work The Devil's Highway the author brings facts from several sides together to paint a picture of how illegal immigration affects border crossers, border towns, the Border...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 4:20 pm UTC

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 On the very last page of The Devil's Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea notes that all of the Yuma 14 victims were listed...

Luis Alberto Urrea is a reporter who srote The Devil's Highway in an attempt to shed some much-needed light on the problems at the border as well as the humanity of many of the border crossers. He...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2013 6:32 pm UTC

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Whar are some specific details about the setting of The Devil's Highway by Luis Aberto Urrea, including the place and...

Journalist Luis Alberto Urrea wrote The Devil's Highway in an attempt to draw attention to the problems on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico. To make the story more...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 6:59 am UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, please describe how the author's opinion changes from the begining to the end, and why. How...

In the research for The Devil's Highway, the author, Urrea, spent a significant amount of time with the Border Patrol agents, but none with the twelve victims he was nominally and theoretically...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 12:25 pm UTC

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In what ways does The Devil’s Highway illustrate international voluntary migration?

One of the ways that this text witnesses to the nature of voluntary immigration is through the efforts of the US Border Agency to keep such "voluntary migrants" out of their country. It is...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 6:22 am UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, reflect on Urrea’s depiction of Veracruz (from which the Wellton 26 are migrating) and the...

What is so interesting about the Sonoran Desert is the way that Urrea indicates how it was a location rooted in history and associated with the death of those humans who tried to cross it. Urrea...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 5:06 am UTC

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What is the reason that undocumented migrants from Mexico risk their lives to enter America? (Use the anecdotal...

In Luis Alberto Urrea’s book, The Devil’s Highway: A True Story, the writer recounts the harrowing story of the Yuma 14. In May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican-American...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020 10:04 pm UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, how do borders shape our culture and identity: 1.politically; 2. culturally; 3.morally; 4....

Borders are an important concept, both symbolically and literally, in The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea. The border is what needs to be crossed to transform lives, and this is most obvious...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019 5:40 pm UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, what purpose does it serve by including the rap lyrics to "Stolen at Gunpoint"?

In the chapter where the lyrics of this rap song are mentioned, entitled "Jesus walks among us," the author seeks to explore the reasons why young Mexican men become Coyotes, or illegal people...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013 6:49 am UTC

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In the last chapter of Luis Alberto Urrea's The Devil's Highway, what are the two main supporting arguments, and what...

The Devil's Highway is journalist/author Luis Alberto Urrea's account of an incident which happened in May 2001 on a strip of borderland between Arizona and Mexico, along a path which is aptly...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2014 6:02 pm UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, what challenges do migrants have to face?

The Devil's Highway is a work of non-fiction and investigative reporting that chronicles the journey of 26 men who attempted to cross the border between the U.S and Mexico in May of 2001. They had,...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 8:01 pm UTC

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Why does Luis Urrea write the last chapter "Home" in "The Devil's Highway"?

Luis Urrea's award-winning story The Devil's Highway was written, at least in part, to expose some of the tragic realities of the border and immigration policies between the United States and...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2012 3:26 am UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, what is the reason undocumented entrants from Mexico risk their lives to enter America?

Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway tells the harrowing story of the Yuma 14. In May, 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican-American border through the Devil’s Highway, the...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 9:58 pm UTC

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What city were the dead walkers sent to in The Devil's Highway?

Twenty-six illegal immigrants from Mexico have tragically died in the searing heat of the Sonoran desert as they tried to make the dangerous crossing into the United States. As it quickly becomes...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 6:08 am UTC

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How is the space described in Part I of The Devil’s Highway?

The opening section of this powerful work of non-fiction describes the Devil's Highway in ways that expose the true horror of its unforgiving and unyielding conditions. Urrea starts this section by...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 6:13 am UTC

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Please advise whether I can obtain chapter summaries and / or a study guide relating to "The Devil's Highway." Our...

TheDevil's Highway is based on the true story of Mexican migration to the United States. Enotes has an existing study guide and the introduction will assist you in understanding the courage and...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2012 7:51 pm UTC

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In this desert, what are some of the natural things that terrify people?

In 2001, twenty-six people crossed the US border illegally, and only twelve survived the trek through the unforgiving Yuma desert. One of the first natural things that is terrifying is the weather...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019 7:07 pm UTC

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How do I get the chapter summaries for The Devil's Highway?

Enotes at this stage does not have chapter summaries for this novel. What it does provide, however, is an analysis of the major characters and the role they play in this text and also a discussion...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2011 12:35 am UTC

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How was the group in the Devil's Highway recruited? 

To introduce this subject, you have to understand that this book is about the area of the Arizona desert that is virtually deadly to anyone who enters it from an immigration standpoint. Mexican...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015 11:38 am UTC

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How would one integrate a geography and a history curriculum in the reading of The Devil's Highway?

I am not a Geography teacher, but I would think that this excellent and deeply moving book would lend itself well to a discussion of elements of Geography and History. Certainly investigating the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2011 11:49 pm UTC

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Highlight what you believe the author did really well, what you liked about the book, and your own response to the...

One of the most important points Luis Alberto Urrea makes is that the border policy of the United States and the border policy of Mexico aren't achieving their goals. Instead, they're making people...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 4:52 pm UTC

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In The Devil's Highway, why does Urrea write the last chapter in a different from all the rest of the chapters? What...

A significant part of Urrea's thesis that emerges from the "Home" conclusion of The Devil's Highwayis that there are significant flaws in American immigration policy. There is much within the idea...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2013 12:10 pm UTC

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The Devil's Highway So I need some serious help with this book. I need chapter summaries!

Enotes does not currently possess chapter summaries for this excellent text, but it does contain an analysis of theme and the major characters that you may find useful to gain a general overview of...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2011 12:42 am UTC

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How does The Devil's Highway relate to Latino history?

Throughout his account of this tragedy, the author constantly asks the bigger question of why so many Latinos want to try to enter the USA and what is behind this massive influx of people. This...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 6:13 am UTC

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What are specific reactions regarding Arizona's banning of ethnic studies, in particular, The Devil's Highway? Which...

When then- Arizona state superintendent of public instruction, Tom Horne, wrote the ethnic-studies law, his argument was that he did not want to sanction literature and teaching that denied the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 12:05 pm UTC

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Give the page numbers of particularly vivid, effective descriptions regarding various topics in the book.

I see that your question hasn't been answered in a few days and, most likely, that is because you are asking for "page numbers." The reason why eNotes educators are hesitating is because editions...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2015 11:47 am UTC

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Describe the scene in The Devil's Highway when border patrol agent Mike F discovers the walkers.

Border Agent Mike F manages to track down the lost walkers just in the nick of time in The Devil's Highway. If he hadn't found them when he had, they wouldn't have been able to hold out for much...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2020 6:50 pm UTC

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