The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Details the struggles of the Mexican American community for social and legal equality and political and cultural identity

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Produced in conjunction with the four-part Public Broadcasting Service series of the same name, this history details the struggles of the Mexican American community for equality and identity. It focuses on land, labor, educational reform, and political government, presenting history in the context of these themes for a broad general audience. The volume features clean page design, some b&w photos, a bibliography, and a chronology. Rosales is a historian with direct experience in the Chicano civil rights movement. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement designates four major episodes of the Mexican civil rights struggle in the United States. Chapter One features efforts of the "lost-land" generation (southwest Mexican natives) to stem property losses, maintain their culture and assert civil rights given them by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the US takeover of the Southwest in the mid-nineteenth century. The second portion, Chapters Two to Five, views immigrant attempts in the early part of this century to protect themselves from a hostile American public. In the effort to safeguard their civil rights, an elaborate Mexico Lindo (Pretty Mexico) nationalism emerged that immigrants used to rally around issues of repression.
Chapters Six and Seven look at the optimistic Mexican American generation made up primarily of children of immigrants who did not have ties to Mexico. Not only did this generation demand the civil rights to which they were entitled, but they also strove to acculturate to Anglo American culture without turning their backs on their Mexican heritage. In addition, Mexican Americans in this era made the greatest attempts to empower themselves as workers.
The final and most lengthy section of the book traces the evolution of the Chicano Movement and assesses its legacy. It takes the reader through the most turbulent days of civil unrest and grass-roots organizing in Mexican American history.

Publisher: Houston, TX : Arte P├║blico Press, 1996
ISBN: 9781558851528
Branch Call Number: 973.046872 R71c
Characteristics: xxiii, 304 p. : ill. ; 29 cm


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Feb 04, 2017

This companion text to the excellent four-part documentary of the same title - "Chicano!" - provides a textual archive and critical historical narrative that is unfortunately left out of most high school curriculums (in Los Angeles county, Chicanos/Latinos are about 80% of the student population). The Chicano Movement is important to study because of its immense impact on education (bilingual education, Ethnic Studies, affirmative action admissions which finally diversified higher education, etc.), land rights, culture, and political rights. Knowing this history empowers readers and encourages their civic responsibility and participation. The four sections on education, land rights, nationalism and the farm workers is well organized, written and arranged with an excellent bibliography. Young Chicano, Central American and all young readers will enjoy this important contribution to the hidden history of California, the Southwest and the nation.


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