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500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 Años de la Mujer Chicana / Edition 1

500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 Años de la Mujer Chicana / Edition 1

by Elizabeth "Betita" MartinezElizabeth "Betita" Martinez
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Named the 2009 AAUP Best of the Best - Outstanding Book Distinction

The history of Mexican Americans spans more than five centuries and varies from region to region across the United States. Yet most of our history books devote at most a chapter to Chicano history, with even less attention to the story of Chicanas.

500 Years of Chicana Women’s History offers a powerful antidote to this omission with a vivid, pictorial account of struggle and survival, resilience and achievement, discrimination and identity. The bilingual text, along with hundreds of photos and other images, ranges from female-centered stories of pre-Columbian Mexico to profiles of contemporary social justice activists, labor leaders, youth organizers, artists, and environmentalists, among others.  With a distinguished, seventeen-member advisory board, the book presents a remarkable combination of scholarship and youthful appeal.

In the section on jobs held by Mexicanas under U.S. rule in the 1800s, for example, readers learn about flamboyant Doña Tules, who owned a popular gambling saloon in Santa Fe, and Eulalia Arrilla de Pérez, a respected curandera (healer) in the San Diego area. Also covered are the “repatriation” campaigns” of the Midwest during the Depression that deported both adults and children, 75 percent of whom were U.S.-born and knew nothing of Mexico. Other stories include those of the garment, laundry, and cannery worker strikes, told from the perspective of Chicanas on the ground.

From the women who fought and died in the Mexican Revolution to those marching with their young children today for immigrant rights, every story draws inspiration. Like the editor’s previous book, 500 Years of Chicano History (still in print after 30 years), this thoroughly enriching view of Chicana women’s history promises to become a classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813542249
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Edition description: Bilingual Edition
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 1,203,547
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth "Betita" Martínez is a widely known Chicana writer, activist, and lecturer. Now director of the Institute for Multiracial Justice in San Franciso, she has published six books, most recently De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century.

Table of Contents


The Story of La Chicana Begins

A New Invader Comes

Chicanas at Work Under U.S. Rule

La Revolución Mexicana

Let's Go To the U.S.

The Great Depression, Repatriation, Strike!

World War II

The Movement is Born

Life of a Farmworker Woman

Our Own Party

No a la Guerra en Vietnam

Work = Struggle


Mujeres who love women

Walking the Red Road

Culture contains the seed...

Today's Writers

Música, Teatro, Film,

The Counter-Insurgency

The Land That Came Back to Life

The Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice

New Worker Struggles

Immigrant Rights

Alliance Building Across Color Lines

Chicanas in Public Office

Youth Are Rising

Not to Be Forgotten

Further Reading
Photo & Illustration Credits
About the Author

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