ERIC Number: ED224650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Mexicans of Detroit. Peopling of Michigan Series.
Baba, Marietta Lynn; Abonyi, Malvina Hauk
Tracing the background and history of Mexican Americans in Detroit, Michigan, the booklet briefly reviews the early stages of Meso-American history, the Spaniards' arrival in Mexico, colonial Mexico, Mexico's revolt for independence, and the internal turmoil in Mexico which continued until early in 1861. The accomplishments of such Mexicans as Father Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Morelos, Augustin de Iturbide, and Benito Juarez are discussed. Next, the booklet summarizes the trends of the foreign-born Mexican population of the United States between 1850 and 1977 and the correlation between deportations of Mexicans and economic trends in the United States. Three major factors which played important roles in the decisions of Mexican immigrants and migrants to come to Michigan are discussed: transfers by railroads which had employed Mexican track hands in other states; the announcement of the $5.00 work day by the Ford Motor Company and work in the automobile and related industries; and the sugar beet industry. The final section discusses the growth of Detroit's Mexican settlement; the role of fraternal, religious, cultural, and patriotic groups in the settlement; discrimination experienced by Mexicans in Detroit; and the educational and socioeconomic background of foreign-born and second-generation Mexicans in Detroit. (NQA)
Descriptors: American Indians, Community Characteristics, Community Development, Cultural Interrelationships, Land Settlement, Local History, Mexican American History, Mexican Americans, Population Growth, Population Trends, Religious Organizations, Social Bias, Social History, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Background
Ethnic Studies Division, Center for Urban Studies, 5229 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 ($5.00 each).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Ethnic Heritage Studies Branch.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Center for Urban Studies.
Identifiers: Michigan (Detroit)