Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations during the Civil Rights Era

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations during the Civil Rights Era

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The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations During the Civil Rights Era

edited by Brian D. Behnken

University of Nebraska Press. ISBN: 9788-0-8032-6271-3.

vvww. nebraskapress.unl.edu.

African-Americans and Mexican-Americans share many common obstacles and goals when it conies to civil rights. This book explores the relationship between these two groups during the civil rights era. It demonstrates through its descriptive essays that these groups often fought among themselves as (hey fought for fairness and equality. The book provides key perspecdves on the development of America's ethnic and sociopolitical landscape.

Showcasing primarily the Southwest, these essays feature stories about Mexican -Americans and African-Americans, who have had a long history of civil rights activism. Taken as a whole, these essays show die conflict and cooperation, goodwill and animosity, unity and disunity that played a critical role in the history of both BlackBrown relations and the battle for civil rights.

Lisa Ramos, in "Not Similar Enough," explores the relationships of Mexican-American and African-American civil rights leaders in 1940s Texas. In "The Movement in the Mirror," Brian D. Behnken examines die causes of African-American and Mexican-American disagreement in Texas as well as other flashpoints that contributed to the development of two separate civil rights movements. …

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