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Fighting Their Own BattlesMexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas$
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Brian D. Behnken

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834787

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877876_behnken

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Sleeping on Another Man's Wounds

Sleeping on Another Man's Wounds

The Battle for Integrated Schools in the 1950s

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Fighting Their Own Battles

Brian D. Behnken

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how the battle for school integration in Texas in the 1950s stimulated a wide-ranging debate over voting rights, the desegregation of buses and movie theaters, and the accessibility of preschool English instruction. Mexican Americans and African Americans, however, continued to follow separate paths when fighting for rights. While leaders of both movements engaged in more dialogue in the 1950s than at any previous time, this discourse frequently was acrimonious. On most occasions, Mexican Americans and blacks found they could not work together. School desegregation for Mexican American children deeply concerned many local people and the leaders of LULAC, the G.I. Forum, and other civic groups, but Mexican American leaders found themselves bifurcated by the contours of the integration movement of this period.

Keywords:   school integration, Texas, voting rights, desegregation, LULAC, G.I. Forum

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