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Obreros in the Peach State: The Growth of Georgia's Working-Class Mexican Immigrant Communities from a Transnational Perspective

Michael K. Bess

in Life and Labor in the New New South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037950.003.0008
Obreros in the Peach State: The Growth of Georgia's Working-Class Mexican Immigrant Communities from a Transnational Perspective

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This chapter studies the development of Mexican working-class communities in Georgia from a transnational perspective. Job opportunities and economic crisis combined with social networks to produce dynamic flows of people and information that tied Mexican states such as Guerrero, Veracruz, and Oaxaca to the U.S. Southeast. Beginning in 1970 as Georgia's economy grew, Mexican immigrant workers became an important source of labor for carpeting mills, poultry plants, and farms. The 1982 Mexican credit crisis, the collapse of Houston's oil economy, the 1994 peso devaluation, and the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta played major roles in contributing to the emergence of Georgia's Mexican working class community in the late twentieth century.

Keywords: Mexican migration; Georgia; economic development; social networks; transnational labor recruitment

Chapter.  8913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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