Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story

Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story science, paints an inspiring portrait of the Puerto Rican experience in Chicago. It probes the early years of migration, settlement, and struggles. It recollects the events and influences that shaped the political awareness and activism of the community. And it highlights the many contributions made by generationsof Puerto Ricans who called Chicago home.

Through the use of vintage photographs and film footage–plus interviews with early migrants, community leaders, and noted historians–Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story explores the wide range of social themes that include family, work, housing, and education. Here, are the results of integration as seen in the employment of Puerto Ricans by local police and fire departments, as well as the election of Puerto Ricans to local, state and federal offices. The film also emphasizes the accomplishments of political activism: social successes such as community organizations, educational reforms, health centers and clinics, and the creation of a vigorous cultural-commercial business district known as “Paseo Boricua.”

An educational discussion guide will be included as a downloadable pdf file for educators to use along with the film as part of a broader curriculum for students to understand and study the Puerto Rican and Latino Diaspora in Chicago and the United States. Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story will serve as an important educational tool. The film addresses various issues including power, politics, race, health and educational reforms and spans across multiple disciplines such as history, political science, sociology and ethnic/Latino studies.

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