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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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Circular Activist Flows and the Rise of La Raza Unida Party in Texas

Circular Activist Flows and the Rise of La Raza Unida Party in Texas

(p.126) 5 Circular Activist Flows and the Rise of La Raza Unida Party in Texas
The Tejano Diaspora

Marc Simon Rodriguez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that, as Mexican American and U.S. Latino activism became national in scope in the late 1960s, a variety of movements emerged from within the Mexican-ancestry community and the urban trans-Latino communities of the Midwest. As it had in the past, the migrant stream linking Crystal City to Wisconsin and other locations continued to facilitate the development of transregional activism; those who traveled back and forth brought a constantly changing set of ideas and fellow travelers with them as they turned the wheel of labor migration to serve the needs of political mobilization. This continuing and adaptive thread of activism shows some of the ways the national effort to expand Mexican American—and, increasingly, Latino—civil rights evolved in a specific community.

Keywords:   U.S. Latino activism, Mexican-ancestry community, trans-Latino communities, transregional activism, labor migration, political mobilization

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