History, Placemaking, and Cultural Contributions
This chapter provides a brief overview of the history, placemaking, and cultural contributions of Latinas/os in the Midwest. It traces the migration and presence of Latinas/os in the Midwest for over a century to illustrate their social, cultural, and economic contributions. Latina/o demographic growth has spurred their presence in educational and cultural institutions throughout the region. In addition to changing urban environments, Latinas/os have staked a place in rural Midwestern communities and contributed to the growth of dual-language immersion programs, the revitalization of small towns, and a Latino influence on businesses, institutions, and culture.
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