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

Merida M. Rua

Abstract

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Merida M. Rua, author
Williams College

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