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From the Publisher"The influence of [Castro's] teaching methods and the walkouts resonate today, underscoring the importance of this publication in Chicano and U.S. History."
"An excellent read for casual readers as well as serious students of the Chicano experience, education, the history of the 1960s, leadership development, and California history. It will make an excellent choice for undergraduate classroom use and reading lists."
-Western Historical Quarterly
"A compelling story of individual courage and commitment personified by Sal Castro. . . . A masterful and inspirational life story that is brilliantly contextualized by the larger Chicano Movement."
-Journal of American Studies
"This book is a significant contribution to the literature of the Chicano/a movement."
-Journal of American History
"This book is an important contribution to Chicano history and the field of American education."
-The El Paso Times
"A worthy learning experience. Solidly researched, with extensive notes, photographs, and a valuable appendix of Chicano historiography. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."
"The book fills an important place in the history of the Chicano movement."
-The Latin American Review of Books
"Garcia's oeuvre has mapped Mexican American history and allowed us to imagine a different kind of past—one filled with efforts to rectify social injustices. This book is no exception; it sheds much needed light on Sal Castro's struggles to expand educational and civil rights and in so doing prods us to follow in his footsteps and build a more emancipatory future."—Ernesto Chavez, University of Texas at El Paso
"Sal Castro is a force of nature, a man on a mission. His story is the history of the Chicano student movement. He has left an indelible mark on the lives of hundreds of young Chicanos aspiring to achieve their unique place in the American dream."—Carlos R. Moreno, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California
"Change to empower the powerless has to come from a movement inspired by leaders who help transform the consciousness of those at the bottom. The Chicano blowouts in Los Angeles schools were such a movement, and Sal Castro helped empower the students. Too many of the terrible conditions they fought against still exist today, and the kind of leadership Castro showed in the l960s is urgently needed in a society where more than a fifth of U.S. students are Latino."—Gary Orfield, co-director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA