The Tejano Diaspora
Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Much like the activists in this book, I grew up traveling by automobile between Wisconsin and Texas. My parents were witnesses to the activism of this era and participants in some of the main strands of social activism of the late 1960s. As the family of a former migrant worker, each December we would pack up my father’s pickup truck and head...
Abbreviations in the Text
In 1963, Crystal City, Texas, shot onto the national scene when a group of five Mexican Americans dubbed “Los Cinco” swept all seats on the common council. This “revolt” made its way onto the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and...
1 Post–World War II Mexican Americanism in Crystal City, Texas
In early 2003, the Zavala County Sentinel ran a newly discovered photo of nearly a dozen uniformed service men and women posing in downtown Crystal City. The image captured the high level of World War II military participation among Mexican Americans in this small South...
2 Inclusion and Mexican Americanism: High School Acculturation and Ethnic Politics in Crystal City
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, mainstream public school systems of the Southwest became increasingly open to Mexican American students. A variety of changes, including statewide public school reform and a shift in attitudes among some parents, brought large numbers of...
3 Activism across the Diaspora: The Tejano Farmworker Movement in Wisconsin
On August 15, 1966, twenty- two- year- old Jesus Salas, a college student and the son of a migrant contractor and restaurant owner from Crystal City, Texas, organized a “March on Madison” to bring attention to the problems of Wisconsin’s migrant farmworkers. This was the third...
4 Making a Migrant Village in the City: Tejanos and the War on Poverty in Milwaukee
On November 25, 1968, a large group of “concerned south- side citizens” packed the Milwaukee o∞ces of United Migrant Opportunity Services, Inc. (UMOS), a social service agency established under the auspices of the O∞ce of Economic Opportunity (OEO), to protest the...
5 Circular Activist Flows and the Rise of La Raza Unida Party in Texas
As Mexican American and U.S. Latino activism became national in scope in the late 1960s, a variety of movements emerged from within the Mexican- ancestry community and the urban trans- Latino communities of the Midwest. As it had in the past, the migrant stream linking...
Conclusion: Of Diaspora, Political Economy, and the Politics of Mexican America
Looking down the main street of Crystal City in the early twenty- first century, there is little sign that this was a center of radical politics or even that it was the economic center of the Winter Garden District. Many of the storefronts are empty or occupied by marginal businesses...
Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 7 illus., 4 maps
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 712044691
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