Mi Raza Primero! (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978

By Ernesto Chávez | Go to book overview

Acknowledgments

The paradox of writing a book is that although it is a solitary experience, the author relies on the help of so many to produce it. The following is my attempt to thank those who made this study possible. Though I depended on the help of so many, in the end I accept full responsibility for any of this study's flaws.

I must start my long list of acknowledgments with the person who shepherded the manuscript to completion, Norris Hundley. Without Professor Hundley, my life would be quite different. From the start, as my advisor, and later as my doctoral committee co-chair, Professor Hundley took an interest in me like no one before. He made sure that my studies progressed by always making sure I had funding. In addition, his legendary editing skills turned my muddled words into pristine prose. Without his guidance, and the long hours he spent poring over every page of the manuscript, this book would not exist. Words cannot express how eternally grateful I am to him. The only way that I can ever repay him is by emulating him and serving my students with the same kindness, humility, humor, and love that he has given me.

George J. Sánchez, my other doctoral committee co-chair, insured that I completed the dissertation in a timely manner. I met George at a crucial juncture in my graduate career. From the start, he believed in my abilities and took time from his busy schedule to foster my intellectual growth.

Along with the help of individuals, ample fellowships funded the production of this book. As a graduate student at UCLA, I received the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction - Those Times of Revolution 1
  • 1 - Los Angeles's Ethnic Mexican Community in the 1950s and Early 1960s 9
  • 2 - The Brown Berets 42
  • 3 - The Chicano Moratorium Committee 61
  • 4 - La Raza Unida Party 80
  • 5 - The Centro De Acción Social Autónomo (Casa) 98
  • Afterword - Why Are We Not Marching like in the '70s? 117
  • Notes 121
  • Bibliography 149
  • Index 159
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