Steel barrio is a concise and clearly written history of mexican migration to chicago in the interwar period by focusing on one neighborhood innis jiminez is able to dig deep but he also finds patterns and commonalities with other mexican neighborhoods in chicago that allow for a broader analysis highly recommended. Abebookscom steel barrio the great mexican migration to south chicago 1915 1940 culture labor history 9780814724651 by innis jimenez michael and a great selection of similar new used and collectible books available now at great prices. In steel barrio the great mexican migration to south chicago 1915 1940 historian michael innis jimenez chronicles the making of chicago as a hub for mexican immigration during the first half of the 20th centurywith vivid language and an impressive array of primary sources innis jimenez takes you to the streets the steel mills and the social clubs where mexican immigrants lived . Steel barrio reconstructs the everyday strategies the working class mexican american community adopted to survive in areas from labor to sports to activism this book links a particular community in south chicago to broader issues in twentieth century us history including race and labor urban immigration and the segregation of cities. Steelworker and baseball player gilbert martinez moved to the neighborhood of south chicago in 1926 at the age of sixteen his journey to south chicago started in 1914 when he and his family left torreon coahuila mexico in search of safety work and an escape from the mexican revolution
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