The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina, Revised and Expanded Second Edition

New Roots in the Old North State

Revised and Expanded Second Edition

By Hannah Gill

228 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 halftones, 1 map

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4641-1
    Published: September 2018
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4640-4
    Published: September 2018
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-4642-8
    Published: July 2018
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5586-2
    Published: July 2018

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Now thoroughly updated and revised—with a new chapter on the Dreamer movement and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)—this book offers North Carolinians a better understanding of their Latino neighbors, illuminating rather than enflaming debates on immigration. In the midst of a tumultuous political environment, North Carolina continues to feature significant in-migration of Mexicans and Latin Americans from both outside and inside the United States. Drawing on the voices of migrants as well as North Carolinians from communities affected by migration, Hannah Gill explains how larger social forces are causing demographic shifts, how the state is facing the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes, and how migrants experience the economic and social realities of their lives.

Gill makes connections between our hometowns and the globalization of people, money, technology, and culture by shedding light on the many diverse North Carolina residents who are such a vital part of the state’s population but are often unrecognized in many ways. This book is essential for everyone, including students and teachers, who wants to understand what is at stake for all parties and wants to work toward solutions.

About the Author

Anthropologist Hannah Gill is associate director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and research associate at the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information about Hannah Gill, visit the Author Page.


"This book is an informative, fascinating, and indispensable resource for college classrooms, as it enables students to ponder one of the most divisive and least understood political and societal problems in contemporary America. Timely, well thought out, and well researched, the book’s discussions of DACA and Dreamers is invaluable, resonating with and engaging today’s university students.”—Amanda Boomershine, University of North Carolina Wilmington

"I regularly recommend Hannah Gill’s book to students, and I am thrilled to see this expanded and updated edition. Gill’s understanding of the issues facing Latino immigrants in North Carolina is broad and deep. She provides historical, economic, and policy background to frame the varied stories of individuals living across North Carolina. The timing could not be better for this engaging, carefully documented, compassionate look at what has become a very divisive topic."--Elizabeth Bramm Dunn, Research Services Librarian, Duke University