The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

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BASED ON THE 1996 PBS SERIES of the same name, Chicano! details the struggle of the Mexican-American community for social and legal equality, political and cultural identity. Chicano! focuses on individuals, issues and pivotal events that made up the popular movement known as el movimiento or la causa in the period 1965-1975. In addition, Rosales has carefully documented two centuries of struggle for civil rights by Mexican Americans. The Chicano Movement has been an often ignored aspect of the civil rights struggles in the 1960s; it was nonetheless a landmark period for the second-largest ethnic minority in the U.S.
Publisher: Houston, TX : Arte P├║blico Press, c1996.
ISBN: 9781558851528
Branch Call Number: 973.0468/ROSALES
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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