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"¡Mi Raza Primero!" (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978
¡Mi Raza Primero! is the first book to examine the Chicano movement's development in one locale—in this case Los Angeles, home of the largest population of people of Mexican descent outside of Mexico City. Ernesto Chávez focuses on four organizations that constituted the heart of the movement: The Brown Berets, the Chicano Moratorium Committee, La Raza Unida Party, and the ...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published October 24th 2002 by University of California Press
(first published September 24th 2002)
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Apr 25, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicano
A short, well written book on the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles from 1966-78, often known as the 'Chicano Power Period'. The book also highlights the evolution of the Chicano through various clubs and organizations since the 1930's, which I found to be very interesting. Mi Raza Primero shows that because of the sense of powerlessness resulting from racism, police brutality, persistent poverty, an inadequate educational system and limited political representation, a people attempted to put an e ...more
Although quite academic in its approach, this book is an important document for understanding Mexican-American history in L.A. and in particular this group's various political activities in the middle and last half of the 20th century. As to be expected, it's heart-breaking when it comes to systematic injustices, from education to police brutality. It's also fascinating in its exploration of the evolution of the various types of political efforts over time, which often corresponded to the larger ...more