This book begins by showing that the activism of Crystal City did not emanate from a large city but reflected the tensions in one of the largest-population regions of Mexican American settlement in the nation and stood out as one of many national events that placed Mexican American politics on the national agenda after 1960. Yet there was more to Crystal City than its place in one of the many Mexican American-majority counties of South Texas from Del Rio to Brownsville. The city's residents, over 80 percent of Mexican ancestry and nearly all engaged in migratory farmwork, lived in a translocal world of labor that, because of Los Cinco and the emerging labor movement among farmworkers, increasingly incorporated politics into existing repertoires of social action.
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