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Using region as a category of analysis, this pioneering collection explores the reciprocal relationship between Latinas and location. In highlighting the multiple ways in which Latinas grapple with their identity, the contributors significantly increase our understanding of how identity is created, negotiated, claimed, and remembered. This pathbreaking volume compares Latinas from a variety of backgrounds, moving the focus from Los Angeles, New York, and Santa Fe to Chicago, Tucson, and Philadelphia. Memories and Migrations embodies the constant negotiation and shaping of scholarship, which mirrors the fluidity of Latina migration, memory, and identity.
Contributors include Gabriela F. Arredondo, John R. Chávez, Marisela R. Chávez, Yolanda Chávez Leyva, María E. Montoya, Lydia R. Otero, Vicki L. Ruiz, Elizabeth Salas, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, and Carmen Teresa Whalen.
Preface John R. Chavez ix
Introduction Vicki L. Ruiz 1
A Woman's Place
Creating an American Home: Contest and Accommodation in Rockefeller's Company Towns Maria E. Montoya 13
La Placita Committee: Claiming Place and History Lydia R. Otero 44
Migration and Settlement
Cruzando la Linea: Engendering the History of Border Mexican Children during the Early Twentieth Century Yolanda Chavez Leyva 71
Lived Regionalities: Mujeridad in Chicago, 1920-1940 Gabriela F. Arredondo 93
"The Day the Dresses Stopped": Puerto Rican Women, the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union, and the 1958 Dressmakers Strike Carmen Teresa Whalen 121
"The Floating Borderlands": Identity, Farmwork, and Politicas in Washington State Elizabeth Salas 151
Pilgrimage to the Homeland: California Chicanas and International Women's Year, Mexico City, 1975 Marisela R. Chavez 170
The Star in My Compass: Claiming Intellectual Space in the American Landscape Virginia Sanchez Korrol 196