Chicana and Chicano Movement, The

From Aztlán to Zapatistas

by Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Norma V. Iglesias-Prieto, Editors


Participants in the Chicana/Chicano Movement addressed the problems that most directly affected their communities, but they also changed perceptions about their identities.

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November 2018


Pages 355
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Latino and Hispanic Studies
  American History/Conflict
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An indispensable resource for students investigating social and political activism, this book provides an overview of the major trends and influences of the Chicano/Chicana Movement.

The impact of the Chicano/Chicana Movement on today's America can be seen in the halls of power, in educational access and equity, and in positive self-image among Chicanos and Chicanas. It is also reflected in visual arts, theater, music, and dance. This book provides students investigating Mexican-American or Chicano/Chicana-Latino/Latina social and political activism and social justice advocacy with an overview of the major trends and influences of the Chicano/Chicana Movement during the highly volatile 1960s and 1970s.

The book provides alphabetically arranged entries on significant people, organizations, places, events, and ideas that were important to the Chicana/Chicano Movement in the United States between 1966 and 1979. Coverage includes protests, marches, walk-outs, sit-ins, strikes, boycotts, and other actions taken to call attention to the injustices Chicanos/Chicanas were experiencing, with special attention given to the often-overlooked Colorado and New Mexico region. Unlike other books on the topic, this volume is written specifically for use as a research tool by high school and early college/university students. The content is enhanced with photographs of major events as well as primary source documents that illustrate the importance of programs like the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO). In addition, each entry includes recommendations for further research.


  • Fosters an understanding of the social, political, and ideological framework of the U.S. Chicana and Chicano Movement from 1966-1979
  • Describes important organizations, leaders, events, and places that made up the diverse social movement calling for an end to racist structures that directly impacted Chicano and Chicana Communities in the United States
  • Provides readers with highlights of the movement focusing on the Colorado and New Mexico region, a region sometimes overlooked in other collections on this subject
  • Includes resources for further research on each of the topics
Series Description

Movements of the American Mosaic

The Movements of the American Mosaic series explore critical social and political movements that shaped the histories of America's racial and ethnic minority groups. Each volume provides readers with A-Z entries on the people, places, and events important to the movement, key primary documents, and an extensive bibliography.
Author Info

Adriana P. Nieto, PhD, is associate professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is author of "Borderlands Religions" in ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures and of "Running the Gauntlet: Francisco 'Kiko' Martinez and the Colorado Martyrs" in Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of the Colorado Borderlands.

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