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Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland: Changing Social Landscapes in Middle America

Linda Allegro and Andrew Grant Wood


Responding to inaccuracies concerning Latino immigrants in the United States as well as an anti-immigrant strain in the American psyche, this book examines the movement of the Latin American labor force to the central states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Chapters look at the outside factors that affect migration including corporate agriculture, technology, globalization, and government, as well as factors that have attracted Latin Americans to the Heartland including religion, strong family values, hard work, farming, and cowboy culture. Several chapters also poi ... More

Keywords: Latino immigrants, anti-immigration, Latin American labor, labor force, corporate agriculture, technology, globalization, family values, social stability, economic stability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037665
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Allegro, editor
University of Tulsa

Andrew Grant Wood, editor
University of Tulsa

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Linda Allegro and Andrew Grant Wood

Part I Geographies in Historical Perspective

Part II Contesting Policy and Legal Boundaries

Chapter 4 Seeing No Evil

Sandy Smith-Nonini

Part III Transnational Identities and New Landscapes of Home

Chapter 6 Rooted/Uprooted

Miranda Cady Hallett

Part IV Media and Reimagined Sites of Accommodation and Contestation

Part V Religion and Migrant Communities

Part VI Demographics


Linda Allegro and Andrew Grant Wood