Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas

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Between 1940 and 1975, Mexican Americans and African Americans in Texas fought a number of battles in court, at the ballot box, in schools, and on the streets to eliminate segregation and state-imposed racism. Although both groups engaged in civil rights struggles as victims of similar forms of racism and discrimination, they were rarely unified. In Fighting Their Own Battles, Brian Behnken explores the cultural dissimilarities, geographical distance, class tensions, and organizational differences that all worked to separate Mexican Americans and blacks. Behnken further demonstrates that prejudices on both sides undermined the potential for a united civil rights campaign. Coalition building and cooperative civil rights efforts foundered on the rocks of perceived difference, competition, distrust, and, oftentimes, outright racism. Behnken's in-depth study reveals the major issues of contention for the two groups, their different strategies to win rights, and signific

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"This compelling and extensively researched book is the first major historical analysis to trace the roots of the generally separate, and often disparate, efforts of African Americans and Mexican Americans for equal rights under the law. Behnken's insightful scholarship makes this a pioneering study in U.S. and Texas history. It should spark debate and, I hope, shed more light on this complex and significant subject."--Amilcar Shabazz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Behnken explores the cultural dissimilarities, geographical distance, class tensions, and organizational differences that all worked to separate blacks' and Mexican Americans' civil rights struggles in Texas.

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