José Angel Gutiérrez is the firebrand civil rights leader of the 1960s and 70s who succeeded in making a minority-based political party a reality in Texas and various other states. In 1970, Gutiérrez led La Raza Unida Party to stunning victories in Crystal City, Texas, and surrounding communities, with five Mexican Americans winning all five seats on the city council and school board, seats held for decades by Anglos. One of the four great leaders of the Chicano Movement, Gutiérrez, along with César Chávez, Reies López Tijerina and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, made national calls for militancy and unity, penned nationalist manifestoes and forced political and educational reform at national and regional levels.
Despite Gutiérrez’s total commitment to la causa, he found time to write in order to share his political wisdom. Originally self-published during the heat of the Chicano Movement, A Gringo Manual for Handling Chicanos, now expanded and revised, is a humorous and irreverent manual meant to educate grass-roots leaders in practical strategies for community organization, leadership and negotiation. With tongue in cheek, Gutiérrez attacks the authorities and sacred cows that caused Chicanos anxiety for decades. The manual is a classic in Chicano politics and as a political self-help recipe book. It remains as relevant today as when it was originally published in the early 1970s.
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About the Author
JOSÉ ANGEL GUTIÉRREZ is the author of The Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans (Arte Público Press, 2001) and The Making of a Chicano Militant (The University of Wisconsin Press,1998). He is the translator of Reies López Tijerina’s autobiography, They Called Me King Tiger (Arte Público Press, 2000). The founder and former director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, he is a professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also practices law in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his family.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is for Hispanics, but mainly for Mexican-Americans. It tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth on how Anglos used 'tricks' to subjugate us Mexican-Americans. Jose Angel Gutierrez shows us how to avoid these 'tricks' or better yet, how to use the 'tricks' on them as well. A must read for those interested in Chicano studies. By the way, Jose Angel Gutierrez's new book, 'The Mexican Manual on how to Handle Gringos' will be out Sept. 2001. These two books are collectors items. Get them while you can.