Mexican Americans of Wichita’s North End

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While the North End has long been the beginning of the American dream for many peoples including African Americans, Southeast Asians, and Anglo Americans, it is perhaps the Mexican American community that most visibly embodies the hopes and struggles in this part of the city. The first wave worked in the packinghouses, and communities with names such as El Huarache, La Topeka, and El Rock Island emerged nearby. As the 20th century unfolded, their children and grandchildren established a vibrant neighborhood along Twenty-First Street and Broadway. In recent years, the old industries of the area have faded, while a new wave of immigrants from Latin America has been able to redefine an area. Today, the Mexican American heritage in the North End has become one of its most defining features, an example of a broader diversity that has always made this part of the city special.
ISBN: 9781467107693
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kansas
Series: Images of America
Images: 222
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
With her roots in the families of the North End, Anita Mendoza is one of the founders of the North End Wichita Historical Society. José Enrique Navarro is a professor of Spanish at Wichita State University who has worked with Jay M. Price with the Wichita State Department of History on the “Somos de Wichita” project to document the Mexican American side of the Wichita story. Price has authored and coauthored several books with Arcadia on Wichita history, including Wichita: 1860–1930, Wichita: 1930–2000, Wichita’s Lebanese Heritage, and African Americans of Wichita.
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