Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2001


Published in Great Plains Research 12:1 (Spring 2001): 27-50. Copyright © 2002 Center for Great Plains Studies.


This essay examines the arrival and growth of Latino population, principally Mexican American, into the Platte River valley region of Nebraska from 1890 to 1996. It outlines the history of the push and pull factors of immigration from Mexico and the various phases and characteristics of Latino settlement in the Midwest generally and in Nebraska specifically. It reviews demographic patterns over the 20th century and concludes with observations based upon census projections that indicate that the Nebraska Latino community will become the state's primary minority community by 2025.