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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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Red, White, and Blue and Mexican

Red, White, and Blue and Mexican

Mexican Americans in Midcentury Chicago

(p.57) 3. Red, White, and Blue and Mexican
Chicago Católico

Deborah E. Kanter

University of Illinois Press

In the 1940s a new Mexican American generation emerged. The children of immigrants grew up as Chicagoans, attending ethnically diverse schools and living in mixed neighborhoods. The parish anchored the community, and children grew up with a positive grounding in Mexican and US Catholic traditions. This chapter explores how they experienced World War II on the home front and as soldiers stationed all over the world. The parish newspaper vividly illustrates Chicago Mexican Americans’ talents and passions, especially in the realms of music, movies, and parish sports teams for women and men. A new parish gymnasium became the center of a lively social scene. These young people lived at ease with their hybrid identity: Mexican, American, and Catholic.

Keywords:   Chicago, World War II, Mexican American, Catholic, parish, schools, sports, music, movies, gymnasium

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