Title Profile & Character Information

Mexican Americans

Mexican Americans are the largest and fastest-growing immigrant group in the United States: According to the 2000 U.S. census, nearly 21 million people of Mexican descent called the United States home. Approximately 73 percent of these individuals have arrived in the United States since 1980, but Mexican immigration is hardly a recent occurrence. The first large-scale migration occurred during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), when 250,000 Mexicans fled their homeland and established barrios, or communities, throughout the United States. In 1942, the U.S. and Mexican governments created the Bracero Program, which allowed Mexican agricultural laborers to come to the United States as contract workers. Although the Bracero Program was terminated in 1965, the influx of Mexican immigrants continued, and today Mexican Americans make up 59 percent of the Latino population of the United States. Book jacket.

Author Notes
  Michael J. Schroeder is assistant professor of history at Eastern Michigan University where he specializes in U.S. and Latin American History