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Blowout!: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice

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In March 1968, thousands of Chicano students walked out of their East Los Angeles high schools and middle schools to protest decades of inferior and discriminatory education in the so-called "Mexican Schools." During these historic walkouts, or "blowouts," the students were led by Sal Castro, a courageous and charismatic Mexican American teacher who encouraged the students...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published March 21st 2011 by University of North Carolina Press (first published January 27th 2011)
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This story is written jointly between Garcia & Castro, which adds credibility, but also (to a degree) rings of dis-ingenuity -- I'm left wondering what Castro's life looked like when it wasn't filtered as much -- if, for instance, he didn't approve everything or if we heard some of the stories of the affected students.

That being said, this book inspires activism, and inspires creative thinking about how to make the changes you might want to see in the world (or at least that's how it worked...more
Raw and rough around the edges. Just like I expected and wanted.
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Mario T. García is professor of Chicana/o studies and adjunct professor in history and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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