Borders and Community
Early 20th Century Chicago Neighborhoods and Ethnic Enclaves
The United States saw massive population growth and change between 1900 and 1965 as immigrants and migrants were drawn to opportunities offered by urban centers. Cities became arenas of engagement where newcomers and the native-born negotiated their place in a changing nation and where the foreign-born encountered and competed with Americans of African, Mexican, Asian, and European descent. This case study explores Chicago during the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s, focusing on how diverse people create and re-create community.