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Innis-Jimenez (Univ. of Alabama) offers a broad portrait of Mexican immigrants in South Chicago during the interwar years. With an illuminating discussion of the push and pull factors that drew Mexicans from their home country to "a place at once far from the border and within the industrial heart of the United States," the author details the pronounced contributions Mexicans made through their labor in the railroad and steel industries as well as the hardships and discrimination they endured. Particularly strong is his exploration of survival strategies developed during the Great Depression, including an insightful chapter on the role of adult sports in knitting together the South Chicago Mexican community. Innis-Jimenez persuasively interprets the community's myriad efforts to maintain Mexican culture in the US as a form of resistance to the pressures to assimilate and Americanize. Extensive use of oral histories, giving readers a compelling window into the hopes and beliefs of the individuals who made up this community, enrich the book. Of interest to scholars, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates in urban history and immigration history. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. L. M. Barber SUNY College at Old Westbury