Thesis Title

Determining the Adequacy of Bufferyards in Springfield, Missouri

Date of Graduation

Fall 1998

Degree

Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences

Department

Geography, Geology and Planning

Committee Chair

William Corcoran

Subject Categories

Earth Sciences

Abstract

The Mexican-American community in Hutchinson, Kansas, is small but members are an active and accepted part of the city. This paper looks at how and why hundreds of Mexicans immigrated to this central Kansas community during the early twentieth century seeking a refuge from their troubled homeland, and their struggle to overcome waves of prejudice against non-white immigrants that repeatedly swept the country. Based on U.S. Census data, local directories, newspapers, public records, and memoirs and interviews with long-time residents, the paper concludes that the immigrants persevered because of their tenacity, the staunch support of the railroads that employed them, and the frequently sympathetic and helpful residents of Hutchinson.

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© Wade R Wagoner

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