- Title Pages
- Conversations across “Our America”
- <i>Al Norte</i> toward Home
- Reshaping the Rural Heartland
- Mexican Workers and Life in South Chicago
- Latina/o Immigration before 1965
- Not Just Laborers
- Spanish Language and Education in the Midwest
- Contesting the Myth of Uncaring
- Latina/o Studies and Ethnic Studies in the Midwest
- The Black Angel
- History in Drag
- El Museo del Norte
- Religious Migrants
- The Young Lords Organization in Chicago
- <i>¡Viva La Causa!</i> in Iowa
- Work, Coalition, and Advocacy
- Reconfiguring Documentation
- Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest
- Production Credits
History, Placemaking, and Cultural Contributions
- (p.1) Introduction
- The Latina/o Midwest Reader
Claire F. Fox
- University of Illinois Press
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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