Chicano power: the emergence of Mexican America

Tony Castro

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Synopsis: IT WAS MIDSUMMER 1972, two weeks after he had turned down a place on his party's presidential ticket, and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in that flat Boston twang so reminiscent of the voices of the other Kennedys, was recalling the past for a people whose own history on the continent predated that of his New England constituents. But it was the recent past that Kennedy recalled, a past marred by the deaths of two brothers who had symbolized a hope and a promise for the people whose cause Kennedy himself was now taking up. He was encouraging his hearers to make an active commitment to their own betterment, to confront the country's political parties, even his own, and make them respond. "Robert Kennedy shared that view," Kennedy said. "He walked the streets of the barrio in East Los Angeles, he broke the fast with Cesar Chavez in Delano, and he committed himself to alter the conditions of poverty and discrimination in this country. For he believed, as I do, that this nation can never be completely free nor completely whole until we know that no child cries from hunger in the Rio Grande Valley, until we know that no mother in East Los Angeles fears illness because she cannot afford a doctor, until we know that no man suffers because the law refuses to recognize his humanity. It is not for the Chicano alone that we must seek these goals. It is not for the disadvantaged alone that we seek these goals. It is for America's future."

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  "Chicano Power: The Emergence of Mexican America is a magnificent tour de force and masterpiece of contemporary American history -- as close to a Chicano Iliad as we will ever have... With Chicano Power, author Tony Castro established himself as the leading historian of a remarkable period of American Latino social, political and cultural change."


Those, no less, are the words of the late Carlos Guerra, the activist who co-founded the 1960s Chicano movement in Texas, including La Raza Unida Party, and who later became a columnist writing about Latinos in his home state for the San Antonio Express- News.


This 40th anniversary commemorative edition, with a new introduction, celebrates the 1974 publication by E. P. Dutton/Saturday Review Press of Chicano Power, which became a seminal work in the contemporary history of Latinos in America and required reading in the ethnic and Chicano Studies programs that were springing up in colleges and universities at the time.

Chicano Power tells the whole story of what in the 21st century has become America's largest ethnic group. It is an inside view of the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, tracing the Latino progress of disappointment, accommodation, and radicalism, concentrating particularly on the decade after historic civil rights legislation changed the direction of America. In this first thorough survey of the movement, Castro showed how Hispanics finally turned against the miserable housing, meager job opportunities and inadequate schools that have been their lot in this country and launched one of the most noticeable and most successful movements in history.


At the heart of the book are Castro's portraits of the men who pushed the Chicano movement forward, by turns uniting and splintering it: Cesar Chavez, whose farm worker organizing in California focused national attention on Latinos; New Mexico firebrand Reies Lopez Tijerina, who tried heroically to redistribute land in the Southwest to the descendants of the holders of the original Mexican land grants; Jose Angel Gutierrez, the radical founder of La Raza Unida, the Chicano movement political party in Texas; and Denver-based Corky Gonzales, the movement's theorist, who popularized the name Chicano and the concept of Aztlan, the ancient Mexican-Indian name for the American Southwest.


In researching Chicano Power, Castro interviewed more than 300 news sources and traveled throughout the Southwest as well as reporting from the nation's capital to produce what has become a civil rights history classic and a critical success hailed by Publishers Weekly as "brilliant... a valuable contribution to the understanding of our time."

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