The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin

The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin

by Marc Simon Rodriguez
     
 

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Each spring during the 1960s and 1970s, a quarter million farm workers left Texas to travel across the nation, from the Midwest to California, to harvest America's agricultural products. During this migration of people, labor, and ideas, Tejanos established settlements in nearly all the places they traveled to for work, influencing concepts of Mexican Americanism

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Each spring during the 1960s and 1970s, a quarter million farm workers left Texas to travel across the nation, from the Midwest to California, to harvest America's agricultural products. During this migration of people, labor, and ideas, Tejanos established settlements in nearly all the places they traveled to for work, influencing concepts of Mexican Americanism in Texas, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, and elsewhere. In The Tejano Diaspora, Marc Simon Rodriguez examines how Chicano political and social movements developed at both ends of the migratory labor network that flowed between Crystal City, Texas, and Wisconsin during this period.

Rodriguez argues that translocal Mexican American activism gained ground as young people, activists, and politicians united across the migrant stream. Crystal City, well known as a flash point of 1960s-era Mexican Americanism, was a classic migrant sending community, with over 80 percent of the population migrating each year in pursuit of farm work. Wisconsin, which had a long tradition of progressive labor politics, provided a testing ground for activism and ideas for young movement leaders. By providing a view of the Chicano movement beyond the Southwest, Rodriguez reveals an emergent ethnic identity, discovers an overlooked youth movement, and interrogates the meanings of American citizenship.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Important . . . . Rodriguez's book has national implications for U.S. civil rights history. The links between the Midwest and Chicano activism are now clear.—American Historical Review

Read this book. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.—Choice

Rodriquez was able to make connections between and across seemingly disparate historical periods, topics, and regions, an accomplishment which, in turn, expands the literature on Mexican American history in Texas.—Journal of South Texas

Elucidating. . . . [A] provocative treatment of the Tejano diaspora.—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

A compelling, well-written, nuanced study.—Journal of American History

Offers realistic and convincing assessments of the important role played by the migrants, emphasizing that Midwestern Tejanos remained tied to Texas through work, family, political and other networks.—Camino Real

Rodriquez reveals an emergent ethnic identity, discovers an overlooked youth movement, and interrogates the meanings of American citizenship.—Pluma Fronteriza Blog

In The Tejano Diaspora, [Rodriguez] has successfully given testament to the many people, unions, government agencies, and conflicts that contributed to the rise of Mexican American political power throughout the U.S., thereby filling a large gap in the fields of U.S. labor, civil rights, and Mexican American histories.—Texas Books in Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469613888
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2014
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Tejano Diaspora is a first-rate piece of civil rights history. It is among the best works on the experiences of the Mexican Americans of South Texas and the Midwest in the postwar civil rights era.—Zaragosa Vargas, author of Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America

Meet the Author

Marc Simon Rodriguez has taught at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, and is Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at Indiana University, South Bend.

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