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- DescriptionWinner, NACCS-Tejas Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chica Studies Tejas Foco , 2011 NACCS Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chica Studies, 2012 In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, was a segregated city governed by an entrenched Anglo social and business elite. The Mexican American barrios of the west and south sides were characterized by substandard housing and experienced seasonal flooding. Gang warfare broke out regularly. Then the striking farmworkers of South Texas marched through the city and set off a social movement that transformed the barrios and ultimately brought down the old Anglo oligarchy. In Quixote's Soldiers, David Monteja uses a wealth of previously untapped sources, including the congressional papers of Henry B. Gonzalez, to present an intriguing and highly readable account of this turbulent period. Monteja divides the narrative into three parts. In the first part, he recounts how college student activists and politicized social workers mobilized barrio youth and mounted an aggressive challenge to both Anglo and Mexican American political elites. In the second part, Monteja looks at the dynamic evolution of the Chica movement and the emergence of clear gender and class distinctions as women and ex-gang youth struggled to gain recognition as serious political actors. In the final part, Monteja analyzes the failures and successes of movement politics. He describes the work of second-generation movement organizations that made possible a new and more representative political order, symbolized by the election of Mayor Henry Cisneros in 1981.
- Author BiographyDavid Montejano is Professor of Ethnic Studies and History at the University of California, Berkeley. His fields of specialization include community studies, historical and political sociology, and race and ethnic relations. In addition to his books Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986 and Quixote's Soldiers, he is the editor of Chicano Politics and Society in the Late Twentieth Century.
- PrizesWinner of National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award 2012.
- Author(s)David Montejano
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2010
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleJack & Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note74 b&w illus., 3 tables
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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