Rebirth: Mexican Los Angeles from the great migration to the by Douglas Monroy

By Douglas Monroy

This sweeping, vivid narrative chronicles the historical past of the Mexican neighborhood in la. Douglas Monroy unravels the dramatic, complicated tale of Mexican immigration to la throughout the early a long time of the 20 th century and exhibits how Mexican immigrants re-created their lives and their groups. opposed to the backdrop of this newly created cityscape, Rebirth explores pivotal elements of Mexican la in this time--its historical past, political economic system, well known culture--and depicts the construction of a time and position precise in Californian and American history.Mexican boxers, motion picture stars, politicians, employees, mom and dad, and youngsters, American pop culture and colleges, and historic fervor on each side of the border all come alive during this literary, jargon-free chronicle. as well as the colourful unfolding of the social and cultural lifetime of Mexican l. a., Monroy tells a narrative of first-generation immigrants that offers details of comparability for knowing different immigrant teams within the United States.Monroy exhibits how the transmigration of area, tradition, and truth from Mexico to la turned neither fully American nor Mexican, yet M?xico de afuera, "Mexico outside," a spot the place new matters and new lives emerged from what used to be either previous and popular. This tremendous available paintings uncovers the human tales of a dynamic immigrant inhabitants and exhibits the emergence of a really transnational historical past and tradition. Rebirth offers an critical piece of Chicano background, in addition to a major section of California city background, with the wealthy, artificial portrait it provides of Mexican l. a..

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Ethnic relations.  MexicoEmigration and immigrationHistory20th century. )Emigration and immigrationHistory20th century.  Title. 48-1984. Page v For my children, Mara and Luis Page vii Contents List of Illustrations ix Introduction 1 1. The Making of México de Afuera 7 2. Born by the River: The Great Migration from Mexico to Southern California 67 3. "Like Swallows at the Old Mission": Mexicans and the Politics of the Labor Market 112 4. "Our Children Get So Different Here": Parents and Children in México de Afuera 165 5.

Our learned perspective informs us that there was much diversity among those people, but the Mexicans saw their foremen, teachers, social workers, movie stars, policemen, and so on simply as americanos. " Thus I use americanos often, especially when I want to give my readers the sense of how Mexicans were perceiving white English speakers. ) I have appended a glossary that gives simple translations, and deeper meanings, of all the Spanish words used here. One more caveat: it is worthwhile to reflect on what it means to Page 6 become a subject of historical analysis.

As we shall see when we turn to a fuller portrayal of Mexican labor in Los Angeles, the county's agricultural production ranked among the highest in the nation. Farms ranged throughout the county and produced a wide variety of crops: from celery and onions on the west side, to citrus and vegetables in the San Fernando Valley, to berries and lettuce on the east side. Small en- Page 21 campments came and went with the growing season in those places. Some were semipermanent if there was continuous labor, as in the old days of hired hands.

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