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The Mexican Revolution in Chicago: Immigration Politics from the Early Twentieth Century to the Cold War

The Mexican Revolution in Chicago: Immigration Politics from the Early Twentieth Century to the Cold War

by John H Flores


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Few realize that long before the political activism of the 1960s, there existed a broad social movement in the United States spearheaded by a generation of Mexican immigrants inspired by the revolution in their homeland. Many revolutionaries eschewed U.S. citizenship and have thus far been lost to history, though they have much to teach us about the increasingly international world of today. John H. Flores follows this revolutionary generation of Mexican immigrants and the transnational movements they created in the United States. Through a careful, detailed study of Chicagoland, the area in and around Chicago, Flores examines how competing immigrant organizations raised funds, joined labor unions and churches, engaged the Spanish-language media, and appealed in their own ways to the dignity and unity of other Mexicans. Painting portraits of liberals and radicals, who drew support from the Mexican government, and conservatives, who found a homegrown American ally in the Roman Catholic Church, Flores recovers a complex and little known political world shaped by events south of the U.S border.

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ISBN-13: 9780252083426
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Series: Latinos in Chicago and Midwest
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 548,067
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John H. Flores is an assistant professor of history at Case Western Reserve University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Mexican Revolution Migrates to Chicago 17

2 The Counterrevolution Migrates to Chicago and Northwest Indiana 47

3 Mexican Immigrant Understandings of Empire, Race, and Gender 69

4 The Rise of the Postrevolution Mexican Left in Chicago 93

5 Mexican Radicals and Traditionalists Unionize Workers in the United States 117

6 The Cold War and the Decline of the Revolutionary Generation 137

Conclusion 161

Appendix: On Naturalization Records 167

Notes 181

Bibliography 209

Index 227

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