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"A lot of soldiers, but not a lot of generals": Mexican Americans and the Machine in Chicago's 14th Aldermanic Ward

Redmond, Mark J.

Though historians have offered definitive conclusions about the Polish experience in Chicago politics, contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American experiences remain unstudied. In order to fill this void, I ask the following question: how and why do Mexicans occupy the subordinate role of "political clients" in Chicago's 14th Aldermanic Ward, an electoral district where they now constitute a dominant demographic majority? The remainder of this paper answers this question by investigating the external and internal forces that produce these conditions.

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Journal of Politics and Society

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October 5, 2011