Fast-Pitch Softball and the Mexican American Communities of Kansas
April 11, 2015, 10:00 AM CT
Presented by Gene T. Chavez
In the early 20th century when Mexico was at war with itself, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans left their homeland and migrated to the United States. In the Midwest and West, the railroad companies, meat packing industry, and mining operations vied for Mexican workers as an inexpensive labor force. As the Mexican populations grew in Kansas, so did projects to "Americanize" the children. Softball fields became the intended places to assimilate these kids, but instead the games became community spots where neighborhoods asserted their own unique identities. This presentation will trace the development of Mexican American fast-pitch softball in the Sunflower State.
Washburn Institute of Technology
5724 SW Huntoon St.
Topeka, KS 66604
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Sponsored by: Kansas LULAC