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Making Aztlán

Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement, 1966-1977
By Juan Gómez-QuiñonesIrene Vásquez



This book provides a long-needed overview of the Chicana and Chicano movement’s social history as it grew, flourished, and then slowly fragmented. The authors examine the movement’s origins in the 1960s and 1970s, showing how it evolved from a variety of organizations and activities united in their quest for basic equities for Mexican Americans in U.S. society. Within this matrix of agendas, objectives, strategies, approaches, ideologies, and identities, numerous electrifying moments stitched together the struggle for civil and human rights. Gómez-Quiñones and Vásquez show how these convergences underscored tensions among diverse individuals and organizations at every level. Their narrative offers an assessment of U.S. society and the Mexican American community at a critical time, offering a unique understanding of its civic progress toward a more equitable social order.

Contributor Bios
Juan Gόmez-Quiñones is a professor of history at UCLA. His earlier books include Mexican American Labor, 1790–1990, Roots of Chicano Politics, 1600–1940, and Chicano Politics: Reality and Promise, 1940–1990, all published by the University of New Mexico Press.
Irene Vásquez is the director of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico. She is coauthor of Latino-Latino Americanos, 2000: Things Social Do Not Melt into the Air and coeditor of The Borders in All of Us: New Approaches to Global Diasporic Studies.