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Publication Date

1961

Keywords

Mexicans--United States--Social conditions

Abstract

The Mexican colony in St. Paul may be designated as a semi-community in as much as it has never been a stable, complete, and consistent social system (Martindale: 1960). Some of the factors responsible for the failure of the Mexican in the North to duplicate the ethnic community forms exhibited by other minority groups are suggested in the following account.

About three million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans comprise the fourth largest minority group in the United States. When the quota acts of 1921 and 1924 restricted immigration from Europe and Asia, the political and economic forces involved caused a flow of Mexican, Puerto Rican, South American, and Canadian peoples into this country. Just as the demand for cheap and unskilled labor had drawn the European masses to the cities of the East and North, at the turn of the century agricultural specialization and railroad expansion created a demand for cheap mobile labor in the Southwest. Geographically and situationally, the Mexican was available. Within this socio-politico-economic context, the Mexican began the transition from a migratory laborer to an urban industrial proletariat.

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102

Last Page

111

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