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Brown in the Windy City

Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago

Brown in the Windy City by Lilia Fernández
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Brown in the Windy City is the first history to examine the migration and settlement of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in postwar Chicago. Lilia Fernández reveals how the two populations arrived in Chicago in the midst of tremendous social and economic change and, in spite of declining industrial employment and massive urban renewal projects, managed to carve out a geographic and racial place in one of America’s great cities. Through their experiences in the city’s central neighborhoods over the course of these three decades, Fernández demonstrates how Mexicans and Puerto Ricans collectively articulated a distinct racial position in Chicago, one that was flexible and fluid, neither black nor white.


University of Chicago Press; December 2012
394 pages; ISBN 9780226244280
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Title: Brown in the Windy City
Author: Lilia Fernández
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