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LBJ and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of Power

Julie Leininger Pycior

Published by University of Texas Press
ISBN 10: 0292765789 / ISBN 13: 9780292765788
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Title: LBJ and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of ...

Publisher: University of Texas Press

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Paperback. 361 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.2in. x 1.0in.As he worked to build his Great Society, Lyndon Johnson often harkened back to his teaching days in the segregated Mexican school at Cotulla, Texas. Recalling the poverty and prejudice that blighted his students lives, Johnson declared, It never occurred to me in my fondest dreams that I might have the chance to help the sons and daughters of those students and to help people like them all over this country. But now I do have that chanceand Ill let you in on a secretI mean to use it. This book explores the complex and sometimes contradictory relations between LBJ and Mexican Americans. Julie Pycior shows that Johnsons genuine desire to help Mexican Americansand reap the political dividendsdid not prevent him from allying himself with individuals and groups intent on thwarting Mexican Americans organizing efforts. Not surprisingly, these actions elicited a wide range of response, from grateful loyalty to, in some cases, outright opposition. Mexican Americans complicated relationship with LBJ influenced both their political development and his career with consequences that reverberated in society at large. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780292765788

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Synopsis: This book explores the complex and sometimes contradictory relations between LBJ and Mexican Americans. Julie Pycior shows that Johnson's genuine desire to help Mexican Americans - and reap the political dividends - did not prevent him from allying himself with individuals and groups intent on thwarting Mexican Americans' organizing efforts. Not surprisingly, these actions elicited a wide range of response, from grateful loyalty to, in some cases, outright opposition. Mexican Americans' complicated relationship with LBJ influenced both their political development and his career with consequences that reverberated in society at large.

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