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Latino CityImmigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945-2000$
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Llana Barber

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631349

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631349.001.0001

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Struggling for the City

Struggling for the City

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(p.90) Three Struggling for the City
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Latino City
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Llana Barber

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631349.003.0004

Many white residents correlated the economic decline of the city with the contemporaneous Latino immigration and so scapegoated the city's newcomers for Lawrence's decline. Resisting Latino settlement in the city became a way to hold on to an idealized past or to hopes for a future renaissance. Chapter Three examines white attempts to discourage Latino immigration into the city. Faced with this white hostility, Latino efforts to settle and build community in Lawrence were a form of quotidian activism, aimed at claiming an equal right to the city's homes, jobs, and public spaces. Latino activism and community formation is viewed through the life and work of Puerto Rican organizer, Isabel Melendez.

Keywords:   Latino, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Community Organizing, Racism, Urban Decline

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