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A year in the World of Female Gangsters There is no way you can neatly squeeze in a single report what female gang life posses What I am giving is highlights and statistics staffed with local information There is no such thing as a typical gang each possess a history that reflects the community they grew up in The research is in Los Angeles and smaller California communities San Antonio Texas and Chicago Ill Most research has been done in LA where female gangs have achieved a greater notoriety more than anywhere else but no matter where the gang is each are similar in nature The history of gangs is a history of fearthe fear of the outsiders Although their skin was darker their faith was catholic Latino gangs grew in Los Angeles for reasons that most street gangs do everywhere including the white Italian and Irish gangs of Chicago and New York in the mid 1800s and later the German and Jewish gangs as a result of swift demographic change In the 1920s thousand of Hispanics streamed into California to answer the need for cheap labor looking for a better life It was here the term Barrio a Hispanic settlement in unincorporated terrains left over from the Italians and Irish Youths who moved into the larger economy and society of Los Angeles When the Depressionhit in the 1930s the Hispanics were no longer neededIt was felt that they took away the jobs from the poor white families These were jobs white people would not of even considered working in but was all that was available in times when jobs were scarceThe Hispanic Communities remained outcasts facing more intense discrimination than most white immigrants do California began repatriation forcing immigrants back across the borderThroughout the 1930s and 1940s neighborhood street gangs formed for protection and identity Their members were called cholos people trapped between worlds originally referring to those on the fringes of indigenous Indian
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