The Mexican Revolution in Chicago by John Flores
Join us for a conversation with John H. Flores, author of The Mexican Revolution in Chicago, and Joanna V. Maravilla-Cano!
Few realize that long before the political activism of the 1960s, there existed a broad social movement in the United States spearheaded by a generation of Mexican immigrants inspired by the Mexican Revolution (1910-20). The majority of these immigrants never became U.S. citizens and have thus far been lost to American history, though they have much to teach us about the international world of today. In his book The Mexican Revolution in Chicago, John H. Flores follows this revolutionary generation of Mexican immigrants and the transnational movements they created in the United States. Through a detailed study of Chicagoland, Flores examines how competing immigrant organizations raised funds, joined labor unions and churches, engaged the Spanish-language media, and appealed in their own ways to the dignity and unity of other Spanish-speaking immigrants.
Painting portraits of liberals and radicals, who drew support from the Mexican government, and conservatives, who found a homegrown American ally in the Roman Catholic Church, Flores recovers a complex and little known political world shaped by events south of the U.S border.
John H. Flores is a professor of immigration history and the co-director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University. He specializes in Mexican American history, and his research examines the history of immigration and citizenship in the United States; the rise of transnational social movements; and the development of ethnic, racial and national identities.
Joanna V. Maravilla-Cano, M.Ed., is a first-generation doctoral student in the Curriculum Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she examines the impact of curriculum and language ideologies on the success of Latinx students in public education. She teaches a graduate level seminar, Bilingualism & Literacy in a Second Language and works as a research assistant for the Development of Immigrant Youth in Action (DIYA) research project. Outside of her professional endeavors, Joanna helped co-found and is chair of The Anhelo Project, a non-profit organization providing scholarships to undocumented college students. Since 2010, the Anhelo Project has raised over $200,000 and has awarded 49 scholarships to students from across the state of Illinois. The organization hosts their Annual Dream Gala, where scholarship recipients are recognized and honored for their academic achievements.