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World War II and Mexican American civil rights.


World War II and Mexican American civil rights.

Ed. by Richard Griswold del Castillo.

U. of Texas Press


245 pages




Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were vigorously involved in World War II activities in the U.S., with men signing up to serve in the military, and women forming groups to raise money for war bonds, support the troops, and work in factories. The continued racism they experienced despite their patriotism galvanized the community to more far-reaching civil rights activities, writes Castillo and Richard Steele in this account. Their history is based on oral histories and autobiographical accounts and includes many b&w photos. Half of the volume contains primary documents regarding the racism Mexican- Americans routinely experienced and their struggles for equality. Written jointly by the late Richard Steele (history, San Diego State U.) and Castillo, who also edited the work and wrote the introduction, this is a major contribution to the study of Mexican American history.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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