Chicano Power, Author Signed 2014 Hardcover

Chicano Power, Author Signed 2014 Hardcover

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A page-turning political manifesto that fueled the Latino civil rights movement in America, Chicano Power: The Emergence of Mexican America was hailed by Publishers Weekly as "brilliant... a valuable contribution to the understanding of our time..." and became the literary benchmark in ethnic studies programs at colleges and universities in the country. 

Written by American historian and best-selling author Tony Castro, who taught the first class in Latino Politics at the JFK Institute of Politics at Harvard University where he lectured as a Nieman Fellow. Chicano Power was re-issued in a special 40th anniversary commemoration edition in 2014.

When Chicano Power: The Emergence of Mexican America was published by E. P. Dutton in 1974, America was still sobering up from the intoxicating headiness of the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960s, and the national psyche was on the mend fromthe political violence and corruption that had shattered and humbled the country. What lay ahead in those next few decades was an educational, political, and legal mine field that moved racial-ethnic relations into conflicts over affirmative action, quotas, minority preferences, and a cultural cold war about equality and meritocracy that rages on today. 
This book is the 40th Anniversary 2014  Edition of Chicano Power.

Editorial Reviews


"Brilliant... a valuable contribution to the understanding of our time."

"A civil rights classic... masterfully reported by perhaps
the most brilliant young journalist in America."JACK NELSON, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A magnificent tour de force and masterpiece of contemporary American history -- as close to a Chicano Iliad as we will ever have."

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ E P Dutton (July 1, 1974)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0841503494
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0841503496



From the Inside Flap of the 40th Anniversary Edition

"Chicano Power: The Emergence of Mexican America is a magnificent tour de force and masterpiece of contemporary American history -- as close to a Chicano Iliad as we will ever have... With Chicano Power, author Tony Castro established himself as the leading historian of a remarkable period of American Latino social, political and cultural change."

Those, no less, are the words of the late Carlos Guerra, the activist who co-founded the 1960s Chicano movement in Texas, including La Raza Unida Party, and who later became a columnist writing about Latinos in his home state for the San Antonio Express- News.

This 40th anniversary commemorative edition, with a new introduction, celebrates the 1974 publication by E. P. Dutton/Saturday Review Press of Chicano Power, which became a seminal work in the contemporary history of Latinos in America and required reading in the ethnic and Chicano Studies programs that were springing up in colleges and universities at the time.

Chicano Power tells the whole story of what in the 21st century has become America's largest ethnic group. It is an inside view of the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, tracing the Latino progress of disappointment, accommodation, and radicalism, concentrating particularly on the decade after historic civil rights legislation changed the direction of America. In this first thorough survey of the movement, Castro showed how Hispanics finally turned against the miserable housing, meager job opportunities and inadequate schools that have been their lot in this country and launched one of the most noticeable and most successful movements in history.

At the heart of the book are Castro's portraits of the men who pushed the Chicano movement forward, by turns uniting and splintering it: Cesar Chavez, whose farm worker organizing in California focused national attention on Latinos; New Mexico firebrand Reies Lopez Tijerina, who tried heroically to redistribute land in the Southwest to the descendants of the holders of the original Mexican land grants; Jose Angel Gutierrez, the radical founder of La Raza Unida, the Chicano movement political party in Texas; and Denver-based Corky Gonzales, the movement's theorist, who popularized the name Chicano and the concept of Aztlan, the ancient Mexican-Indian name for the American Southwest.

In researching Chicano Power, Castro interviewed more than 300 news sources and traveled throughout the Southwest as well as reporting from the nation's capital to produce what has become a civil rights history classic and a critical success hailed by Publishers Weekly as "brilliant... a valuable contribution to the understanding of our time."