Brown in the Windy City

Brown in the Windy City

Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago

Paperback - 2014
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Like other industrial cities in the postwar period, Chicago underwent the dramatic population shifts that radically changed the complexion of the urban north. As African American populations grew and white communities declined throughout the 1960s and OCy70s, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans migrated to the city, adding a complex layer to local racial dynamics.a"Brown in the Windy City" is the first history to examine the migration and settlement of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in the postwar era. Here, Lilia Fernandez reveals how the two populations arrived in Chicago in the midst of tremendous social and economic change and, in the midst of declining industrial employment and massive urban renewal projects, managed to carve out a geographic and racial place in one of AmericaOCOs great cities. Over the course of these three decades, through their experiences in the cityOCOs central neighborhoods, Fernindez demonstrates how Mexicans and Puerto Ricans collectively articulated a distinct racial position in Chicago, one that was flexible and fluid, neither black nor white.

Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
Edition: Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780226244280
Characteristics: xii, 376 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: University of Chicago. Press


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