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Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago

Lilia Fernandez


Like other industrial cities in the postwar period, Chicago underwent the dramatic population shifts that radically changed the complexion of the urban north. As African American populations grew and white communities declined throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans migrated to the city, adding a complex layer to local racial dynamics. This book examines the migration and settlement of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in the postwar era. It reveals how the two populations arrived in Chicago in the midst of tremendous social and economic change and, in the midst of declining indust ... More

Keywords: industrial cities, Chicago, population shifts, African American populations, white communities, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, racial dynamics, migration, settlement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226244259
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226244280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lilia Fernandez, author