The largest social movement by people of Mexican descent in the U.S. to date, the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 70s linked civil rights activism with a new, assertive ethnic identity: Chicano Power! Beginning with the farmworkers' struggle led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, the Movement expanded to urban areas throughout the Southwest, Midwest and Pacific Northwest, as a generation of self-proclaimed Chicanos fought to empower their communities. Recently, a new generation of historians has produced an explosion of interesting work on the Movement.

The Chicano Movement: Perspectives from the Twenty-First Century collects the various strands of this research into one readable collection, exploring the contours of the Movement while disputing the idea of it being one monolithic group. Bringing the story up through the 1980s, The Chicano Movement introduces students to the impact of the Movement, and enables them to expand their understanding of what it means to be an activist, a Chicano, and an American.

chapter |18 pages


The Chicano Movement and Chicano Historiography

part 1|130 pages

Community Struggles

chapter 1|26 pages

“All I Want Is That He Be Punished”

Border Patrol Violence, Women's Voices, and Chicano Activism in Early 1970s San Diego 1

chapter 3|22 pages

“Hoo-Ray Gonzales!” 1

Civil Rights Protest and Chicano Politics in Bakersfield, 1968–1974

chapter 6|19 pages

¡Ya Basta! the Struggle for Justice and Equality

The Chicano Power Movement in Oxnard, California

part 2|52 pages

The Student Movement

chapter 7|22 pages

The Ideological Struggle for Chicana/O Unity and Power

A Short History of California MEChA

chapter 8|28 pages

Understanding the Role of Conflict, Factionalism, and Schism in the Development of the Chicano Student Movement

The Mexican American Student Association and La Vida Nueva at East Los Angeles College, 1967–1969

part 3|62 pages

Geographic Diversity and the Chicano Movement

chapter 9|24 pages

San Antonio Chicano Organizers (SACO)

Labor Activists and El Movimiento

chapter 10|17 pages

“We are a Distinct People”

Defending Difference in Schools Through the Chicano Movement in Michigan, 1966–1980

chapter 11|19 pages

Sin Fronteras

An Oral History of a Chicana Activist in Oregon during the Chicano Movement