Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives

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Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives sheds new light on why migrants come to Oregon, what their experiences are when they settle here, and how they adapt to life in the United States.

Although Oregon has a settled Mexican-origin population since the mid-nineteenth century, the number of Latinos residing in Oregon has grown dramatically over the last two decades, leading to increased diversity across the state, particularly visible in...

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Overview

Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives sheds new light on why migrants come to Oregon, what their experiences are when they settle here, and how they adapt to life in the United States.

Although Oregon has a settled Mexican-origin population since the mid-nineteenth century, the number of Latinos residing in Oregon has grown dramatically over the last two decades, leading to increased diversity across the state, particularly visible in the public school system and in agricultural and service occupations.

Mexicanos in Oregon explores this history of migration and settlement of mexicanos, highlighting their sustained practices of community building, their struggles for integration, and their contributions to the economic and cultural life of the state. Using archival records, primary and secondary sources, demographic statistics, and personal testimonies, and drawing from multiple disciplines, Gonzales-Berry and Mendoza create a picture of the economic, political, social, and cultural conditions that have shaped the lives of mexicanos. The blend of scholarly research and individual stories reflects the very human dimension and complex forces that make up the mexicano experience in Oregon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870715846
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 6

Acknowledgements 8

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 South to North: An Overview of Early Mexican Migration to the United States and Oregon 22

Chapter 2 Sojourners and Settlers: Tejanos and Mexicanos in Oregon in the Mid-Twentieth Century 52

Testimonios Celedonio Montes 92

Maggie Garcia 94

Lorenzo Rubio 96

Chapter 3 Unintended Consequences: Mexican Immigration to Oregon after 1986 Immigration Reform and NAFTA 102

Testimonios Lucio 131

Mario Magafia 133

Jose Sandoval 136

Chapter 4 New Migrations: Mexican Workers and Their Families Since the 1990s 139

Testimonio Esteban 172

Chapter 5 The Changing Faces of Migration: Immigration, Gender, and Family Dynamics 174

Testimonios Loyola 202

Maria Damaris 205

Marco Antonio Chavez 207

Chapter 6 One-and-a-Half Generation Mexicano Youth: Their Journey to Bicultural Integration 209

Testimonios Edith Quiroz Molina 234

Ricardo Larios 237

Conclusion 242

Works Cited 253

Index 274

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