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The 2010 U.S. Census data showed that over the last decade the Latino population grew from 35.3 million to 50.5 million, accounting for more than half of the nation’s population growth. The editors of The Roots of Latino Urban Agency, Sharon Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales, have collected essays that examine this phenomenal growth. The greatest demographic expansion of communities of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans seeking political inclusion and access has been observed in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and San Antonio. Three premises guide this study. The first premise holds that in order to understand the Latino community in all its diversity, the analysis has to begin at the grassroots level. The second premise maintains that the political future of the Latino community in the United States in the twenty-first century will be largely determined by the various roles they have played in the major urban centers across the nation. The third premise argues that across the urban political landscape the Latino community has experienced different political formations, strategies and ultimately political outcomes in their various urban settings. These essays collectively suggest that political agency can encompass everything from voting, lobbying, networking, grassroots organizing, and mobilization, to dramatic protest. Latinos are in fact gaining access to the same political institutions that worked so hard to marginalize them.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-2
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  1. Introduction: Latino Urban Agency, Sharon A. Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. 1. Latino Political Agency in Los Angeles Past and Present: Diverse Conflicts, Diverse Coalitions, and Fates that Intertwine, Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval
  2. pp. 13-42
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  1. 2. The Rebirth of Latino Urban Agency in San Francisco: From the MCO to the MAC, 1967-2006, Richard Edward DeLeon
  2. pp. 43-66
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  1. 3. The Fight for School Equity in Chicago's Latino Neighborhoods, Melissa R. Michelson
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. 4. Manny Diaz and the Rise and Fall of the Miami Renaissance, Jessica Lavariega Monforti, Juan Carlos, and Dario Moreno
  2. pp. 81-96
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  1. 5. "I Don't See Color, I Just Vote for the Best Candidate" : The Persistance of Ethnically Polarized Voting, Sylvia Manzano and Arturo Vega
  2. pp. 97-120
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  1. Conclusion: Latino Urban Agency in the 21st Century, Sharon A. Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 129-148
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 149-167
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