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The Latina/o Midwest Reader$
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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

History, Placemaking, and Cultural Contributions

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
The Latina/o Midwest Reader
Author(s):

Omar Valerio-Jiménez

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

Claire F. Fox

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   history, placemaking, culture, demographic growth, Midwest, heartland, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, immigration reform, cultural contributions

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