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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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Inclusion and Mexican Americanism: High School Acculturation and Ethnic Politics in Crystal City

Inclusion and Mexican Americanism: High School Acculturation and Ethnic Politics in Crystal City

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(p.38) 2 Inclusion and Mexican Americanism: High School Acculturation and Ethnic Politics in Crystal City
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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.7

This chapter describes how mainstream public school systems of the Southwest became increasingly open to Mexican American students. A variety of changes, including statewide public school reform and a shift in attitudes among some parents, brought large numbers of Mexican American teens into high school for the first time, where they began an epistemological encounter with the meaning and practice of American citizenship. Some Mexican American students in Crystal City embraced idealized forms of Americanism and their identity as Mexican-ancestry people while rejecting the racial hierarchies of South Texas. Much as Mexican American and African American veterans did in the decades after World War II, teens and young people born in the United States sought inclusion and acceptance within a framework of Americanism in contrast to what they increasingly considered the local misinterpretation of the nation's values.

Keywords:   public school systems, Mexican American students, public school reform, epistemological encounter, American citizenship

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