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The Cristal Experiment: A Chicano Struggle for Community Control

Navarro, Armando

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ISBN 10: 0299158241 / ISBN 13: 9780299158248
Published by University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI, 1998
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Signed and inscribed on the half-title page by the author. Book has light soiling to the page edges and minimal wear to the page covers. Comes with a book mark from The Hispanic Bookcase in Riverside, CA. First edition / printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # PC 94-13

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Title: The Cristal Experiment: A Chicano Struggle ...

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as issued

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Amidst the turbulence and militancy of the 1960s and early 1970s, the Mexicano population of the dusty agricultural town of Crystal City, Texas (Cristal in Spanish), staged two electoral revolts, each time winning control of the city council and school board. The landmark city council victory in 1963 was a first for Mexican Americans in South Texas, and Cristal—the “spinach capital of the world”—became for a time the political capital of the Chicano Movement.
     In The Cristal Experiment, Armando Navarro presents the most comprehensive examination to date of the rise of the Chicano political movement in Cristal, its successes and conflicts (both internal and external), and its eventual decline. He looks particularly at the larger and more successful “Second Revolt” in 1970 and its aftermath up to 1981, examining the political, economic, educational, and social changes for Mexicanos that resulted. Drawing upon nearly 100 interviews, a wealth of secondary materials, and his own experiences as a political organizer in the Chicano Movement, Navarro offers a shrewd and insightful analysis not only of the events in Cristal, but also of the workings of local politics generally, the politics of community control, and the factors inherent in the American political system that lead to the self-destruction of political movements. As both a political scientist and an organizer, he outlines important lessons to be learned from what happened in Cristal and to the Chicano Movement.

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Armando Navarro, a political scientist, is associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside, and author of Mexican American Youth Organization: Avant-Garde of the Chicano Movement. For more than twenty-five years he has been an activist and professional political organizer in California, working with the Mexican-American Political Organization, the Raza Unida Party, Congreso para Pueblo Unidos, the Institute for Social Justice, Californios for Fair Representation, Impacto/2000, and other organizations.

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