Latinos at the Golden Gate
Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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Researching and writing this book have left me with a profound sense of gratitude for the many people who have supported me through this long process. My earliest research on San Francisco began under the guidance of Waldo Martin and Ron Takaki. I am forever grateful to Waldo for his warmth, accessibility, and stellar editorial skills. He was more than a great ...
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...“This doesn’t just aff ect Mexicans or Central Americans, documented or undocumented,” explained one San Francisco day laborer in the spring of 2006. “We are all aff ected.” Addressing other local jornaleros at a meet-ing of the San Francisco Day Labor Program, the undocumented man was referring to the Sensenbrenner Bill then working its way through Con-...
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...“Without a doubt, the country is very rich,” wrote a young Peruvian from San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush. Constituting an early wave of gold seekers, Peruvians, along with Latin Americans from ports in Mexico and Chile, provided their fellow countrymen fi rsthand evaluations of the widespread claims of easy work for instant wealth in California. While this ...
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...“We who belong to the Spanish race in this city, will never achieve strength or respectability while we do not also have unity,” wrote a contingent of San Francisco Latin Americans in 1871. Calling themselves hispanoameri-canos , the group—comprised of Spanish-speaking diplomats and other local elites—spoke to fellow Latin American residents in the city via a cir-...
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...“None of us really knew any English,” recalled Elba Sanchez of her family’s arrival to San Francisco, “which I think is probably the most common im-migrant experience.” Her father, Salvador Sanchez, had already migrated to the United States without his wife and three daughters, the eldest being Elba. Unable to continue working in the cotton mills of Atemajac, Mex-...
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...“We are mainly a Latin American community which is proud of its heritage,” proclaimed Ben Martinez, president of the Mission Coalition Organization ( mco ), at the alliance’s second annual convention in October 1969. Stand-ing before more than 800 community leaders—representing eighty-one local civil rights, labor, church, and community organizations—Martinez ...
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...“I grew up with a lot of kids who were African American, and Italian, and Maltese, and Latino,” recalled Steve Arcelona. The son of a Filipino father and a Puerto Rican mother, Arcelona grew up in the Bayview–Hunter’s Point District, in a neighborhood whose diverse population lives largely in public housing or small houses and works at the naval shipyard. “For ...
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...“These are also our working families, caregivers, maintenance workers, cooks, servers, day laborers,” proclaimed Guadalupe Arreola, “people that literally build San Francisco, that literally make San Francisco what it is.” 1 Speaking before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in July 2007, Arreola—a representative of St. Peter’s Housing Committee—was part of ...
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Publication Year: 2013