Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents/Illustrations

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pp. v-vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiii

I first discovered in 2002 that I could get on a bus in my hometown of Burlington in the hilly Piedmont region of North Carolina and travel directly to Mexico by sunset of the following day. For just $185, “El Tornado” would take me to central Mexico in a comfortable and clean...

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INTRODUCTION: Mapping the Issues at the Heart of Change in North Carolina and the Southeast

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pp. 1-12

April 20, 2006, was a bad day to go out to dinner for anyone living in the North Carolina cities of Burlington, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Columbia, Durham, Huntersville, Lenoir, Lumberton, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. Across the state, restaurants closed down, their kitchens...

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1 PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE, PROMOTING OUR FUTURE: What’s at Stake in Alamance County and Beyond

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pp. 13-56

Red banners with the slogan “Preserving our heritage, promoting our future” line the streets leading to the courthouse in Graham, county seat of the Piedmont county of Alamance. Graham resembles other North Carolina downtowns, with a courthouse on a hill at the center of...

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2 IMMIGRATION IN NORTH CAROLINA'S PAST: Learning from History

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pp. 57-69

As the sun sank over the Pamlico River on a Monday evening in April 2008, a crowd of more than a hundred people walked through the streets of the eastern city of Washington toward the county seat. They were headed to a meeting of Beaufort County commissioners, who planned...

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3 BIENVENIDOS A NORTE CAROLINA: The Economic, Work, and Social Realities of Migration from Both Sides of the Border

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pp. 71-107

Why have Latin American migrants come to North Carolina in the past thirty years? For Javier, who migrated to the state in 1999, North Carolina offered him employment unavailable in his hometown and the opportunity to reunite with his brothers who had migrated years before:...

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4 BURYING THE KNIFE, BUILDING COMMUNITIES: How Migrants Make New Lives

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pp. 109-139

“Raleigh” is a song of a traveler that evokes the nostalgia of home while on the road. Ironically, “home” is not where band members were born but a new home in North Carolina that they have grown to love as immigrants. While the song expresses how they are resigned to a life of...

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5 DEFYING THE ODDS: Latino Youth, the Agents of Change

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pp. 141-173

Irene, Pedro, Joe, and Juliette have much in common. They are young Latinos between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six raised in North Carolina. They all have very recent Latin American roots: Irene was born in North Carolina to Mexican parents, and Pedro spent only the...

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Conclusion

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pp. 175-179

On an early December morning in 2007 at Dillard Middle School in Caswell County, the bell rang and students poured into their seventh grade civics class for fourth period. It was hunting season in Caswell County, evident by the occasional rifle crack in the woods around the...

Notes

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pp. 181-187

Bibliography

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pp. 189-201

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Acknowledgments

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p. 203

I express my sincere gratitude to the many people who made this book possible: Elaine Maisner and all the talented individuals at the University of North Carolina Press; colleagues and manuscript readers Deborah Weissman, Charlie Thompson, and Leon Fink; my students at the...

Index

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pp. 205-208