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The Tejano DiasporaMexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin$
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Marc Simon Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834640

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877661_rodriguez

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Tejano Diaspora
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Marc Simon Rodriguez

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877661_rodriguez.5

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.

Keywords:   activism, Crystal City, Mexican American settlement, Mexican American politics, national agenda, translocal world

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