Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Synopsis

"Bringing together a wealth of information on the Mexican American struggle for civil rights, this authoritative encyclopedia provides factual, up-to-date information on the concepts, issues, plans, legislation, court decisions, events, organizations, and people involved in that long fight. It includes such leading figures as Corky Gonzales, Hector Perez Garcia, Jovita Idar, and Alonso Perales, as well as many secondary leaders, and is rounded out with objective discussions of such topics as leadership, the movimiento, lynching, political exclusion, voting, and stereotyping." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Documenting the history of Latinos in the United States has been very difficult because historians who have written the history of the United States have ignored the Latino Community. Until recently, we have been an invisible community. We have begun to emerge from obscurity as more Latinos take on the task of documenting our struggles and our many contributions to the American landscape.

The Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement serves as a rich source of up to date information on our people, their organizations, events, and issues shaping our community and society at large. As our community grows and becomes a larger presence in the American Landscape, the need to educate our children about our history also grows. It is very important for our children to know about the great men and women who came before us and fought a great struggle to insure that we as a community gain our rightful place in the American life. As we continue our struggle, organizations like Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) will continue protecting the interests of all Latinos, while serving as a role model for our young aspiring students who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

The Encyclopedia serves as a tool as we shape our future; knowing our past makes it possible to plan with great pride and dignity for a future not just for Latinos, but for all America.

Antonia Hernández President and General Counsel Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund . . .

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