Latino City honored

Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945–2000 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), written by Boston College alumna Llana Barber, is the recipient of the Kenneth Jackson Award from the Urban History Association. The award honors the best book in North American urban history. Latino City explores the transformation of Lawrence into New England’s first Latino-majority city. Like many industrial cities, Lawrence entered a downward economic spiral in the decades after World War II. The arrival of tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the late 20th century brought new life to the struggling city, but the newly arrived faced hostility from their neighbors, exclusion from local governance, inadequate city services, and limited job prospects. Barber received her Ph.D. in history from Boston College and is on the faculty of State University of New York College at Old Westbury. Her book is also co-winner of the 2018 Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize from the New England American Studies Association.

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