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The Latina/o Midwest Reader

Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox


This anthology challenges the notion that Latinas/os are newcomers to the Midwest by emphasizing that Latinas/os have resided in the region for over a century, and have contributed to the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of rural and urban Midwestern communities. Its eighteen interdisciplinary chapters and introduction essays explore issues of history, education, literature, art, and politics defining today’s Latina/o Midwest. Some contributors delve into the Latina/o revitalization of rural areas, where communities have launched bold experiments in dual-language immersion education w ... More

Keywords: history, placemaking, Midwest, culture, labor, education, activism, Spanish language, Latina/o identity, demographics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Omar Valerio-Jiménez, editor
University of Texas, San Antonio

Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, editor
University of New Mexico

Claire F. Fox, editor
University of Iowa

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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Part 1 The Browning of the Midwest

Al Norte toward Home

José E. Limón

Part 2 Essential Laborers and Neighbors

Not Just Laborers

Marta María Maldonado

Part 3 La educación adelanta

Contesting the Myth of Uncaring

Carolyn Colvin, Jay Arduser, and Elizabeth Willmore

Part 4 Performeando the Midwest

The Black Angel

Jane Blocker

History in Drag

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera

El Museo del Norte

María Eugenia Cotera

Part 5 Movimientos

Religious Migrants

Felipe Hinojosa

Work, Coalition, and Advocacy

Theresa Delgadillo Janet Weaver

Reconfiguring Documentation

Rebecca M. Schreiber


Frances R. Aparicio