Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago

Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago

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Lilia Fernandez

Brown in the Windy City is the first history to examine the migration and settlement of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in postwar Chicago. Lilia Fern and aacute;ndez reveals how the two populations arrived in Chicago in the midst of tremendous social and economic change and, in spite of declining industrial employment and massive urban renewal projects, managed to carve out a geographic and racial place in one of America and rsquo;s great cities. Through their experiences in the city and rsquo;s central neighborhoods over the course of these three decades, Fern and aacute;ndez demonstrates how Mexicans and Puerto Ricans collectively articulated a distinct racial position in Chicago, one that was flexible and fluid, neither black nor white.

ISBN: 9780226212845

392 pages


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