Citizenship, legitimacy, whiteness, and respectability: Mexican and Puerto Rican demands for recognition and rights in the Midwest, 1920-1980

Heather A Akin, Purdue University


The purpose of the present study was to investigate Mexican and Puerto Rican experiences in the Midwest. Mexicans and Puerto Ricans are the largest Latino populations in the Midwest and they have been largely ignored. Historical studies tend to focus on Mexican and Puerto Rican experiences separately, or if dealing with the Midwest focus almost exclusively on Chicago. This study fills this hole by looking at Chicago, northern Indiana, Detroit, and Milwaukee. Furthermore, this study explores Mexican and Puerto Rican interactions with each other and other ethnic and racial groups, noting how they challenged discrimination and fought for recognition and rights.^




Nancy Gabin, Purdue University.

Subject Area

History, United States|Hispanic American Studies

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