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Chicago CatólicoMaking Catholic Parishes Mexican$
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Deborah E. Kanter

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042973

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042973.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Chicago Católico

Deborah E. Kanter

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explains the book’s origins. Visits to Chicago’s Mexican churches suggested a complex, multiethnic history that required learning about Chicago’s eastern European immigrants. Mexican immigrants and their children shared memories of the communities they encountered, reshaped, and made anew in Chicago. The ability to carry out Catholic devotions and to join parishes proved essential for most Mexicans and the communities that they built in the United States. The chapter considers relevant scholarship in Latino studies, which lacks attention to religion. US Catholic history, meanwhile, sorely needs more work on Latino communities and religious life. This book underlines religion’s critical role in urban adjustment and racial politics while recasting the Eurocentric assumptions of immigration history narratives.

Keywords:   Chicago, Mexican, eastern European, Latino studies, religion, Catholic, devotions, parishes, Catholic history, immigration history

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