Fast-Pitch Softball and the Mexican American Communities of Kansas

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October 3, 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.

Newton Public Library
720 Oak St
Newton, KS 67114-1800
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Sponsored by: Newton Public Library

For more information about this event, please contact:
Daniel Eells
(316) 283-2890