This is the story of a vibrant, diverse community whose contributions to the history of this state have been many. Migrants, immigrants, and their Minnesota-born children have added to the ecomic, cultural, and social fabric of this state for nearly a century. Like every immigrant group, Latis have come to Minnesota in search of opportunities to better their lives. Since the 1910s, Lati workers have provided the backbone for this state's agricultural, food processing, manufacturing, and service industries. Today, Lati Minnesota includes a variety of people from many nations contributing to every sector of society. Creatively conceived, with lively text, photographs, and artwork, the book traces the Lati journey rth, from the earliest settler, musician Luis Garzon; to the Mexican colonia that grew up in St Paul after World War I; to recently arrived immigrants from Central and South America. It highlights individual achievements, a tradition of mutual aid, and the ongoing Lati struggle to retain a cultural heritage while adjusting to life in el rte.
Leigh Roethke is completing her doctorate in art history at the University of Minnesota. The special focus of her work is the interrelationship between art and popular culture.