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A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago's Puerto Rican Neighborhoods

Merida M. Rua


In 1946 two distinct migrant groups arrived in the City of Neighborhoods from the island of Puerto Rico. One, a small group of University of Puerto Rico graduates who had earned scholarships to attend the University of Chicago; the other, contract laborers recruited by an employment agency for household and factory work. It was the beginning of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, a virtual colony of the US’s Caribbean empire in the industrial heartland. This work, focusing on the end of World War II to the present, is a story of everyday Puerto Ricans and their evolving sense of place and person ... More

Keywords: Puerto Ricans, Chicago, migration, identity, identidad, migration, settlement, urban renewal, gentrification, political mobilizations, community commemorations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199760268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Merida M. Rua, author
Williams College