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Puerto Ricans in Illinois

Puerto Ricans in Illinois

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Maura I. Toro-Morn and Ivis Garcia


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31 illustrations


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A community making a home in Illinois
As the first book to document the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the state of Illinois, this inviting book maps the pedacito de patria (little piece of home) that many Puerto Ricans have carved from the bitter hardships faced in Illinois. Authors Maura Toro-Morn and Ivis García illustrate the multiple paradoxes underlying the experience of Puerto Ricans in Illinois: an island people in a heartland state, native-born citizens living an immigrant’s experience, climate refugees in the Midwest. They live a vaivén (coming and going). This volume partially exposes these paradoxes through a narrative of common survival and achievement. Along the proud Paseo Boricua (Puerto Rican Promenade) in Chicago and in smaller cities around the state, Puerto Ricans find and create the means to keep their national identity while contributing to the health and wealth of their adopted state.
From the voices of the people, the authors offer readers an opportunity to learn about the history of Puerto Rico, the migration of Puerto Ricans to Illinois, and the cultural, economic, and political contributions of the Puerto Rican women, men, and families that call Illinois home. In Chicago and across the heartland, Puerto Ricans have negotiated the gap between home and country, mobilized state-wide against the federal government’s virtual abandonment in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. A compelling weave of scholarship summary, archival research, and extensive sociological study including interviews conducted across the state, the book documents just how much many fail to know about a growing and transforming community in Illinois. The stories of Puerto Ricans are here.


Maura Toro-Morn, a professor of sociology at Illinois State University and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program, is a coeditor of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age. She also has published essays in the Latino Studies Journal, Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies.

Ivis García, an assistant professor of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah, was co-chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda Chicago and  represents Chicago as board member in the National Puerto Rican Agenda. She has published essays in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and the Journal of Planning Education and Research, among others.