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Description - Viva La Raza! by Yolanda Alaniz

U.S. history is often treated as if conquest and dispossession ended a century or more ago. In recent decades, increasing numbers of Chicanos - that is, people of Mexican ancestry, born in the United States - have fought against the second-class status afforded them by conquest of the southwest of the United States and perpetuated by racial domination. This book provides a history of Chicano politics, from the incorporation of parts of Mexico into the U.S. to the present. It discusses the main theoretical issues debated in Chicano politics, and proposes a strategy for Chicano liberation. It traces Chicano struggles in industry, agriculture, and education, and examines issues such as police brutality and the emergence of Chicano gays. It analyzes the role of radical organizations in giving form to Chicano identity and resistance and provides a wide-ranging critique of the Chicano cultural nationalism that was dominant in the 1960s and 70s. It gives particular attention to the role of women in each historical period. "Viva la Raza!" reconstructs the history of a group with an increasingly significant presence in U.S. politics, labor, and education. At the same time, it is a revealing analysis of the workings of race and nationality in the United States, and a vital contribution to developing a socialist perspective that meets the needs of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781583671498
ISBN-10: 1583671498
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Imprint: Monthly Review Press,U.S.
Publisher: Monthly Review Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Yolanda Alaniz

Yolanda Alaniz was born in Brownsville, Texas to migrant farm-worker parents. She grew up working in the fields of eastern Washington and later became an activist in the labor, women's, and Chicano movement. She is co-editor of the anthology Voices of Color (1999) and was the first Chicana to run for Seattle City Council in 1991. Megan Cornish is a longtime union activist and writer who has devoted years of study to questions of nationality, racism, and women's oppression. She worked for many years as a senior power dispatcher at Seattle City Light and was among the first women in the country to be hired in the electrical trade. She is co-author of Women Workers: Sparkplugs of Labor (1990).