Abstract

Abstract:

This article explores the history, employment, and presence of ethnic Mexicans in the Kansas City metropolitan area beginning in the early twentieth century through economic, political, and natural changes, highlighting their creation of a shared sense of place. Includes analysis of the impact of railroad and commerce development, residential layout and urban planning, the major flood of 1951, and the construction of freeways after the 1950s. Local community is revealed through oral histories, population data, and specific efforts including construction of an innovative neighborhood park, maintenance and style of homes, and the revitalization of Kansas City's Westside after the 1970s.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2471-1039
Print ISSN
1090-4972
Pages
pp. 35-49
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-11
Open Access
No
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