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The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina
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North Carolina is now one of the major Southeastern--and national--hubs for new and expanding Latin American immigrant communities. The state's Spanish-speaking population is currently close to half a million people, about two-thirds of whom hail from Mexico, bringing it near the very top of the nation in growth. This book is a concise introduction to Latino immigration in the state today. Drawing on first-hand oral histories, census data, and scholarly, documentary, and journalistic accounts, Gill explains why and how Latin American immigrants have come to North Carolina and what impact this changing demography has had on the social, economic, and political realities of the state since the 1990s. Always making the reader aware of the underlying national and global catalysts and conditions affecting immigration, Gill expresses the perspectives of both immigrants and long-time North Carolinians. The volume, intended for general readers, policymakers, law enforcement officials, and teachers and students, encourages readers to make connections between their hometowns and the increasing globalization of people, money, technology and cultural products. In doing so, it sheds light on the many diverse North Carolina residents who are, on the one hand, highly visible but, as Gill says, invisible at the same time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents/Illustrations
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Mapping the Issues at the Heart of Change in North Carolina and the Southeast
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1 PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE, PROMOTING OUR FUTURE: What’s at Stake in Alamance County and Beyond
  2. pp. 13-56
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  1. 2 IMMIGRATION IN NORTH CAROLINA'S PAST: Learning from History
  2. pp. 57-69
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  1. 3 BIENVENIDOS A NORTE CAROLINA: The Economic, Work, and Social Realities of Migration from Both Sides of the Border
  2. pp. 71-107
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  1. 4 BURYING THE KNIFE, BUILDING COMMUNITIES: How Migrants Make New Lives
  2. pp. 109-139
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  1. 5 DEFYING THE ODDS: Latino Youth, the Agents of Change
  2. pp. 141-173
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 175-179
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-187
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 189-201
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 203
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-208
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