Opening Tuesday, November 12th, from 6PM - 7:30PM
Join us for a Meet the Author event with Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, who will discuss his latest book, Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City.
We are commonly told that a “creative class” of young professionals revived a moribund urban America in the 1990s and 2000s. But this stunning reversal owes much more to another, far less visible group: Latino and Latina newcomers. Award-winning historian Sandoval-Strausz reveals this history by focusing on two barrios: Chicago’s Little Village and Dallas’s Oak Cliff. These neighborhoods lost residents and jobs for decades before Latin American immigration turned them around beginning in the 1970s. As Sandoval-Strausz shows, Latinos made cities dynamic, stable, and safe by purchasing homes, opening businesses, and reviving street life. Barrio America uses vivid oral histories and detailed statistics to show how the great Latino migrations transformed America for the better.
Andrew Sandoval-Strausz is Associate Professor of History at Penn State, where he teaches courses in Latino studies, urban history, spatial theory, sociability, and immigration. He is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians.
Following his talk, Sandoval-Strausz will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase in the Newberry’s Rosenberg Bookshop.
For more information, and to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barrio-america-how-latino-immigrants-saved-the-american-city-tickets-67931844977