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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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Post–World War II Mexican Americanism in Crystal City, Texas

Post–World War II Mexican Americanism in Crystal City, Texas

(p.15) 1 Post–World War II Mexican Americanism in Crystal City, Texas
The Tejano Diaspora

Marc Simon Rodriguez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the fact that, for Mexican Americans throughout the Southwest, the post-World War II period witnessed increasing civil rights activism. Among the southwestern states, Texas served as a central location of postwar militancy on the part of Mexican Americans, in part for reasons of demography: although California would surpass Texas in total Mexican-ancestry population by 1960, Texas had the largest established Mexican American population in the United States after the war, with 1,033,768 Spanish-surnamed residents in 1950 compared to California's 760,453. Texas hosted both of the nation's largest Mexican American civil rights organizations. The League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), a national organization founded in 1929, fought discrimination against Latinos, particularly through its long effort to end discrimination against Mexican-origin children in public education.

Keywords:   Mexican Americans, World War II, civil rights activism, postwar militancy, Latin-American Citizens, LULAC

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