Co-Sponsored by the Chicago and Urbana campuses of the University of Illinois, and the Labor and Working Class History Association
Friday, April 16, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Mexicans in Babylon: Race, Class and Politics in Chicago, 1919-1932
Juan Mora-Torres, DePaul University
This working paper explores how the Mexicans' expectation of Chicago as a place of "opportunity" played itself out in the workplace from 1919 to 1932 when the repatriations almost led to the collapse of the Mexican communities in the urban Midwest. It places the Mexican experience in Chicago within the broader history of Mexicans in the U.S. As the last of the immigrant groups to arrive in Chicago in large numbers as of 1965, they did not have roots in the city. Growing from 1,000 in 1919 to 30,000 in 1930, the Mexican presence was small in relation to the total population of the Chicago area. However, their presence was more than a drop, more so for what it revealed about the presence of Mexicans outside of the Southwest and "race making" in the urban north.
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