Latinos/os (in) on the Border

  • Emily Skop
  • Brian Gratton
  • Myron P. Gutmann

In this chapter, we describe the role of Latino immigration and settlement in the historical development of the Southwest border region. We confirm aspects of the broad narrative that already exists regarding Latinos in this region, but we also argue for a more dynamic view of the geography and demography of the Southwest. The analysis links geographic data to demographic and economic conditions to assess the location and composition of the Mexican-origin population within the Southwest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and it concludes with a brief discussion of the implications of these patterns in the early 21st century. We focus specifically on Mexicans as a subset of the larger Latino population primarily because this group represents the vast majority of those living along the Southwest border during the period of study, although we do address how the composition of this region has changed in the present day with the immigration of other Latino subgroups.


Early 20th Century Immigration Policy Mexican Immigrant Latino Immigrant Mexican Origin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Skop
    • 1
  • Brian Gratton
    • 2
  • Myron P. Gutmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistoryArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.Population Studies CenterUniversity of MichiganUSA

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