Katrine Barber

Date of Award

Summer 9-5-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 197 pages)


Emigration and immigration -- Hispanic Americans, Hispanic Americans -- Oregon -- Washington County -- History -- 20th century, Hispanic Americans -- Oregon -- Washington County -- History -- 21st century, Hispanic Americans -- Social conditions




This work examines the histories of the Latino population of Washington County, Oregon, and explores how and why ethnic Mexican and other Latino individuals and families relocated to the county. It relies heavily on oral history interviews conducted by the author with ethnic Mexican residents, and on archival newspaper sources. Beginning with the settlement of a small number of tejano families and the formation of an ethnic community in the 1960s, a number of factors encouraged an increasing number of migrant Latino families--from tejanos to Mexican nationals to Central and South Americans to indigenous migrants of various nationalities--to settle permanently in the county. This work studies how the growth and diversification of the population altered the nature of community among Latinos, how changing social conditions and the efforts of early community builders improved opportunities for new arrivals, and how continuing migration has assisted in processes of cultural replenishment.

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