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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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Creating the Latino City

Creating the Latino City

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(p.216) Seven Creating the Latino City
Source:
Latino City
Author(s):

Llana Barber

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631349.003.0008

Chapter Seven traces Lawrence's transition to a Latino-majority city with the 2000 census, including the tremendous increase in immigration during the 1980s that led Lawrence to become home to the largest concentration of Dominicans in the United States outside of New York City. The city's Latino population came to define Lawrence's public culture in this period, and the long push for Latino political power in the city was ultimately successful in many ways. This chapter discusses the transnational activities that brought new vitality to Lawrence's economy and its public spaces, yet larger structural forces continued to create obstacles to Latinos finding in Lawrence the better life they pursued.

Keywords:   Latino, Urban, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Transnational, Immigration, Migration, Second-generation, New York City, Politics

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