Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Chicano Manifesto

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Chicano Manifesto

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Chicano Manifesto by Armando B. Rendon reprint 2014, 329 pp. ASIN: B00D04V5B6 $5.95 Kindle. Amazon Digital Services, Inc., www.amazon.com

ÍI hicano Manifesto was first published in 1971, and was a groundbreaking book for that era. It was the first time a Chicano had put into words how the Chicano culture was taking hold in the United States. It sought to give expression to the spirit of a cultural revolution. The author makes it clear that the book was intentional in its timing. He points to violence that erupted in East Los Angeles in 1970 as something that catapulted Chícanos into the national limelight. He said this incident demonstrated "in no uncertain terms that the Chicano was neither docile nor subservient." And more importantly, this was a growing demographic that would not be ignored. Chicano Manifesto is composed of several snapshots in time of the turbulent era of the 70s through the eyes of the author, who was a personal observer of history. Many persons and events depicted in this book were captured only because the author was there as the movement evolved.

The question is why Chicano Manifesto has now been reintroduced as a digital publication. A clue to the answer to this question is contained in the book's subtitle. The original title of the book is Cuban Manifesto: The History and Aspirations of the Second Largest Minority in America. If the size of the Cuban and Hispanic population was relevant to social dialogue then, imagine how relevant it is now in an age when there is a burgeoning Hispanic population. …

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