With Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon, Glenn Anthony May makes a major contribution to the literature on Oregon and Chicano history.
On one level a biography of Oregon's leading Chicano activist, the book also tells the broader story of the state's Mexican American community during the 1960s and 1970s, a story in which Sonny Montes, a former migrant farmworker from South Texas, played an important part.
Montes was the key figure in the birth of a Chicano movement in Oregon during the 1970s, a movement that coalesced around the struggle for survival of the Colegio Cesar Chavez, a small college in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with a largely Mexican American student body. Montes led the college community and its supporters in collective actionsit-ins, protest marches, rallies, prayer vigil. This campaign received wide media attention, making Sonny Montes a visible public figure.
By viewing Mexican American protest between 1965 and 1980 through the prism of social movement theory, May's book deepens our understanding of the Chicano movement in Oregon and beyond. It also provides a much-needed account of the emergence of the state's Mexican American community during that time period.
Sonny Montes will appeal to readers interested in modern social movements, Mexican American history, and Pacific Northwest history. It is an essential resource for scholars and students in those fields.
|Publisher:||Oregon State University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Glenn Anthony May is the author of Inventing a Hero: The Posthumous Re-Creation of Andres Bonifacio, a finalist for the Philippine National Book Award; Battle for Batangas: A Philippine Province at War, and A Past Recovered: Essays on Philippine History and Historiography, and Social Engineering in the Phhilippines. He is a professor of history at the University of Oregon.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations Used in the Text x
Prologue: From Weslaco to Cornelius 8
Contexts: The Upper Willamette Valley, Oregon, and America ca. 1965 22
The Valley Migrant League 47
The Revolution 76
From Mount Angel College to Colegio Cesar Chavez 135
The "Save Colegio Cesar Chavez" Campaign: A Local Manifestation of the Chicano Movement 164
Under Siege 203
The Colegio After Sonny, Sonny After the Colegio 243
A Note about Sources 312