Rebirth Mexican Los Angeles from the Great Migration to the Great Depression
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Description: This sweeping, vibrant narrative chronicles the history of the Mexican community in Los Angeles. Douglas Monroy unravels the dramatic, complex story of Mexican immigration to Los Angeles during the early decades of the twentieth century and shows how Mexican immigrants re-created their lives and their communities. Against the backdrop of this newly created cityscape,Rebirthexplores pivotal aspects of Mexican Los Angeles during this time--its history, political economy, popular culture--and depicts the creation of a time and place unique in Californian and American history. Mexican boxers, movie stars, politicians, workers, parents, and children, American popular culture and schools, and historical fervor on both sides of the border all come alive in this literary, jargon-free chronicle. In addition to the colorful unfolding of the social and cultural life of Mexican Los Angeles, Monroy tells a story of first-generation immigrants that provides important points of comparison for understanding other immigrant groups in the United States. Monroy shows how the transmigration of space, culture, and reality from Mexico to Los Angeles became neither wholly American nor Mexican, butMeacute;xico de afuera, "Mexico outside," a place where new concerns and new lives emerged from what was both old and familiar. This extremely accessible work uncovers the human stories of a dynamic immigrant population and shows the emergence of a truly transnational history and culture.Rebirthprovides an integral piece of Chicano history, as well as an important element of California urban history, with the rich, synthetic portrait it gives of Mexican Los Angeles.
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Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/1/1999
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|The Making of Mexico de Afuera|
|Born by the River: The Great Migration from Mexico to Southern California|
|"Like Swallows at the Old Mission": Mexicans and the Politics of the Labor Market|
|"Our Children Get So Different Here": Parents and Children in Mexico de Afuera|
|The Political Passions of Mexico de Afuera|
|En Fin: The Trajectories of Mexican History in Los Angeles|