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Latin American Migrations to the U.S. HeartlandChanging Social Landscapes in Middle America$
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Linda Allegro and Andrew Grant Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037665

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037665.001.0001

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Betabeleros and the Western Nebraska Sugar Industry

Betabeleros and the Western Nebraska Sugar Industry

An Early-Twentieth-Century History

(p.42) Chapter 2 Betabeleros and the Western Nebraska Sugar Industry
Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland

Tisa M. Anders

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the newly founded and (soon to be) prosperous city of Scottsbluff in Western Nebraska as the chosen site for the first sugar factory in that region in 1910. Within a decade of its opening, Mexican and Mexican American migrant workers were the main group recruited for the fields. Finding that migrants successfully negotiated a variety of social, cultural, and economic challenges, the chapter considers how migrant workers and their families became part of the growing Scottsbluff community as the sugar industry developed. In addition to a variety of primary source materials, their labor and community-building efforts are brought to life through a series of oral history interviews.

Keywords:   Western Nebraska, Scottsbluff, sugar factory, Mexican workers, field workers, migrant workers, sugar industry

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