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The Tejano DiasporaMexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin$
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Marc Simon Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834640

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877661_rodriguez

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Of Diaspora, Political Economy, and the Politics of Mexican America

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The Tejano Diaspora

Marc Simon Rodriguez

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes by showing how Tejanos played an increasingly important political and social role in the manufacturing-based economy of Milwaukee while Crystal City experienced decades of stagnation and decline. Even as that city underwent the deindustrialization common to the large cities of the Midwest and Northeast, Tejano and other Latino migrants increasingly settled in and found jobs there and in surrounding areas. Perhaps most important, Tejanos experienced mobility in Milwaukee, as many from Crystal City and South Texas found work as managers at social service agencies and small businesses, and in politics as representatives and activists for a diverse Latino community. As that community grew larger in Wisconsin, it continued to struggle with issues of discrimination and poverty, and increasingly confronted immigration issues.

Keywords:   Tejanos, manufacturing-based economy, Milwaukee, Crystal City, deindustrialization, Latino migrants

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