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Steel BarrioThe Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940$
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Michael Innis-Jiménez

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785850

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785850.001.0001

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(p.102) 6 Resistance
Steel Barrio

Michael Innis-Jiménez

NYU Press

This chapter examines the various acts of negotiation and resistance in the everyday lives of Mexican immigrants in South Chicago and the surrounding Mexican communities. It explains how Mexicans in the Chicago area developed and used forms of resistance as they sought to improve their everyday life without compromising their sense of pride for Mexico or the facets of their Mexican cultural heritage. The Mexican community showed resistance by acting, reacting, and organizing against harassment, discrimination, and hardship in Chicago. Mexicans in and around South Chicago also formed mutual aid societies, pro-patria clubs, social clubs, and athletic teams in order to reinforce a sense of Mexican cultural solidarity, while simultaneously providing social and economic support for members of their community.

Keywords:   negotiation, resistance, Mexican immigrants, South Chicago, Mexicans, cultural heritage, harassment, discrimination, mutual aid societies, social clubs

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