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The Tejano Diaspora

The Tejano Diaspora

Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin

by Marc Simon Rodriguez
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/02/2014
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Each spring during the 1960s and 1970s, a quarter million farm workers left Texas to travel across the nation, from the Midwest to California, to harvest America's agricultural products. During this migration of people, labour, and ideas, Tejanos established settlements in nearly all the places they travelled to for work, influencing concepts of Mexican Americanism in Texas, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, and elsewhere. In The Tejano Diaspora, Marc Simon Rodriguez examines how Chicano political and social movements developed at both ends of the migratory labour network that flowed between Crystal City, Texas, and Wisconsin during this period.

Rodriguez argues that translocal Mexican American activism gained ground as young people, activists, and politicians united across the migrant stream. Crystal City, well known as a flash point of 1960s-era Mexican Americanism, was a classic migrant sending community, with over 80 percent of the population migrating each year in pursuit of farm work. Wisconsin, which had a long tradition of progressive labour politics, provided a testing ground for activism and ideas for young movement leaders. By providing a view of the Chicano movement beyond the Southwest, Rodriguez reveals an emergent ethnic identity, discovers an overlooked youth movement, and interrogates the meanings of American citizenship.

Published in association with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, USA.
ISBN:
9781469613888
9781469613888
Category:
Ethnic studies
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-02-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
216x140x18mm
Weight:
0.29kg

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