The New Face Of Small-town America: Snapshots Of Latino Life In Allentown, Pennsylvania

Paperback | January 22, 2013

byEdgar Sandoval

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a small city located along the Lehigh River in the eastern part of the state. Once the hiding place of the Liberty Bell, Allentown has become a popular destination for Latino immigrants. These Latinos, mostly from Puerto Rico, now make up about a quarter of the city’s population, and their numbers continue to grow. The thirty-one stories collected in The New Face of Small-Town America do not reflect the reality of Allentown alone. With U.S. Census figures showing the arrival of Latinos in more small American cities than ever before, Allentown will continue to serve as an example.

These small cities have already experienced, or are about to experience, the transformation Allentown saw. Few communities embrace such change. It is only when one becomes familiar with a foreign concept (or foreigners) that fear disappears and understanding begins. Edgar Sandoval’s essays show that behind the accents, ethnic customs, and other cultural differences exists a common humanity with universal problems and dreams. The Latinos profiled here want what everybody else wants: to fit in, to prosper, to offer their children a better future, to be recognized as important members of society by the mainstream. They want to coexist. These stories are not just about Latinos in Allentown, after all; they are about Latinos everywhere.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a small city located along the Lehigh River in the eastern part of the state. Once the hiding place of the Liberty Bell, Allentown has become a popular destination for Latino immigrants. These Latinos, mostly from Puerto Rico, now make up about a quarter of the city’s population, and their numbers continue t...

Edgar Sandoval is an award-winning journalist who spent almost three years writing about the Latino community of northeastern Pennsylvania. He has been a staff reporter at several newspapers, including the McAllen Monitor, the Allentown Morning Call, the Los Angeles Times, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the New York Daily News, wh...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:January 22, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271060824

ISBN - 13:9780271060828

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. The Ritual

2. A Principal Duty

3. Spanish Sound Bites

4. Home Away from Home

5. Little Hero

6. Music to Their Ears

7. Priceless

8. The Fearful Side of Business

9. Side by Side

10. Blatinos

11. Julio

12. Colorful Pages

13. ABCs

14. Grading the Parents

15. Latino Medicine

16. Hooked on Telenovelas

17. A Step Behind

18. City Boys

19. Spanglish

20. The World Trade Connection

21. Latinos Again

22. One Man, One Mission

23. Down to Business

24. Airwave Wars

25. Goooaaalll!!!

26. Unfulfilled Dreams

27. A Rich Life

28. Liberty and Justice for All

29. Man of the Cross

30. Full Circle

31. Finding the Inner Snowman

Appendix

Index

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“In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickeled and Dimed, Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, and Isabel Valle’s Fields of Toil, Edgar Sandoval’s accounting of Latinos in Allentown is not just a set of stories worthy of coverage; it’s a window into how public sociology is emboldened by reading those who live, eat, and breathe in the communities they cover. Sandoval’s stories are a form of knowledge that should be neither dismissed nor discounted.”—Ronald Mize, Social Forces