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Resistance and Affirmation in Chicano Catholic History

By Mario T. García

Publication Year: 2008

The first major historical study of the role of Catholicism in Chicano history in the twentieth century.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

I want to particularly thank Theresa May of the University of Texas Press for her enthusiastic support of my project and her professional advice. I want to also thank the staff at the press that worked on different aspects of the book. The University of Texas Press is to be congratulated for its commitment...

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Introduction. In Search of Chicano Catholic History

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pp. 1-27

As a student at the University of Texas at El Paso (then named Texas Western College) in the early to mid-1960s, I drove my grandmother Nama to 6:30 Mass every Sunday morning. These years coincided with Vatican Council II, but its liturgical reforms had not yet become evident...

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One: Fray Angélico Chávez, Religiosity, and New Mexican Oppositional Historical Narrative

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pp. 29-52

I want to begin my exploration of Chicano Catholic history by focusing on a remarkable Catholic priest and intellectual whose work encompasses most of the twentieth century: Fray Angélico Chávez of New Mexico. Moreover, by beginning with Fray Angélico I am able to introduce the concept...

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Two: Catholic Social Doctrine and Mexican American Political Thought

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pp. 53-77

If Hispanos in New Mexico into the twentieth century attempted to rethink their ethnic identity and history as a way of responding to their relations with incoming Anglo-Americans—as exemplified by the work of Fray Angélico Chávez—so too were Mexican Americans in other southwestern...

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Three: Recording the Sacred: The Federal Writers’ Project and Hispano-Catholic Traditions in New Mexico, 1935–1939

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pp. 79-109

If the linkage between Mexican American Catholicism and the public sphere was made by civil rights leaders such as Calleros and Perales, the fact remained that for many Mexicans of Catholic background (irrespective of what terms of ethnic identity they used...

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Four: The U.S. Catholic Church and the Mexican Cultural Question in Wartime America, 1941–1945

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pp. 111-129

Since the 1970s, the U.S. Catholic Church as an institution has become much more sensitive and aware of Latino cultural traditions, including religious ones as exemplified by the popular religiosity of Hispanos in northern New Mexico. In many parishes serving predominantly...

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Five: Religion in the Chicano Movement: Católicos Por La Raza

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pp. 131-170

While the church in the 1940s and 1950s attempted on a larger scale than before to address the needs and interests of its growing Mexican American adherents, especially in the Southwest, by the 1960s events and the new protest movements of that politically tumultuous decade outpaced the Church’s...

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Six: Padres: Chicano Community Priests and the Public Arena

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pp. 171-205

Católicos por la Raza marked a new chapter in Chicano/Church relations not only in Los Angeles, but in other areas of the Southwest as well where the majority of Chicano Catholics resided. Certainly movement activists began to demand more support from the Church for its agenda. In addition...

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Seven: ¡Presente! Father Luis Olivares and the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles: A Study of Faith, Ethnic Identity, and Ecumenism

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pp. 207-250

On a warm September evening in 1990, a rather large congregation of people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds gathered to honor Father Luis...

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Eight: Contemporary Catholic Popular Religiosity and U.S. Latinos: Expressions of Faith and Ethnicity

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pp. 251-275

The rapidly growing U.S. Latino population is having a variety of effects on U.S. culture and institutions. This Latinization, for example, is certainly being felt in religious circles. About 40 percent of all U.S. Catholics are Latinos. In turn, this demographic revolution is forcing...

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pp. 277-287

As i noted in the introduction, I grew up as a Chicano Catholic. It was and still is part of my identity. It isn’t all of who I am, but it’s an important part. This book on Chicano Catholic history reflects this aspect of my identity. I don’t have a problem with this. Religion is not something...


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pp. 289-341


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pp. 343-360


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pp. 361-366

E-ISBN-13: 9780292794092
E-ISBN-10: 0292794096
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292718401
Print-ISBN-10: 0292718403

Page Count: 378
Illustrations: 21 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2008