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The Mexican Revolution in ChicagoImmigration Politics from the Early Twentieth Century to the Cold War$
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John H. Flores

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041808

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041808.001.0001

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The Mexican Revolution Migrates to Chicago

The Mexican Revolution Migrates to Chicago

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(p.17) 1 The Mexican Revolution Migrates to Chicago
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The Mexican Revolution in Chicago
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John H. Flores

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041808.003.0002

This chapter examines the Mexican immigrant liberal movement of Chicago. Mexican liberals were Mexican nationalists, and they subscribed to a democratic, reformist, anticlerical, and activist political culture informed by their participation in the Mexican Revolution. In Chicago, the liberals created a community and a reform movement that revolved around social welfare, educational, and criminal justice projects. Liberals were well-educated individuals who believed that education could empower Mexican immigrants and facilitate their upward mobility in the United States while allowing immigrants to retain their Mexican citizenship. As the liberal movement grew in size and influence, it succeeded in discouraging many Mexican immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens, and it imbued the Mexican population with a more sophisticated understanding of Mexican nationalism.

Keywords:   Liberalism, Middle-class, Businessmen, Professionals, Education, Citizenship, Anticlericalism, Social welfare, Criminal justice, Naturalization

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