The Chicano Movement
A Historical Exploration of Literature
by Sara E. Martínez
January 2017, 179pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-707-1
$76, £59, 67€, A105
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The Chicano Movement—El Movimiento—advocated Latino issues ranging from education to farm workers’ rights to voting and political rights.

This book furthers appreciation of key pieces in American literature from the Chicano Movement by placing them in the context of history, society, and culture.

Part of Greenwood’s new Historical Exploration of Literature series, this book provides teachers with ready-reference works that align language arts and social studies standards for secondary classes on the topic of the Chicano Movement. It will serve to help students better understand key pieces in American literature from the Chicano Movement by putting them in the context of history, society, and culture through historical context essays, literary analysis, chronologies, documents, and suggestions for discussion and further research.

The book includes works such as Bless Me Última by Rudolfo Anaya (1972), This Migrant Earth by Tomás Rivera (1970), The Revolt of the Cockroach People by Oscar Z. Acosta (1973), and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984). The book also supplies additional information in the form of chronologies, historical context essays, and primary document excerpts that support understanding of the historical period, as well as materials such as activities, lesson plans, discussion questions, topics for further research, and suggested readings.


  • Offers a one-stop reference work for teachers covering the Chicano Movement as well as their students
  • Integrates and aligns material for American literature and social studies curriculum
  • Focuses on innovative literary works that align with the ELA Common Core Standards
  • Provides tools to support literary works—analysis, history, document excerpts, and discussion questions
Sara E. Martínez, MLIS, manages the Nathan Hale branch of the Tulsa City-County Library's Hispanic Resource Center and was its founding coordinator. She is the vice chair of the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Affairs Commission, where she also chairs the Education Committee. Martínez is the editor of ABC-CLIO's genre guide Latino Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests. She is a member of the American Library Association and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. After receiving her bachelor's degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley, Martínez moved to Mexico City to do graduate work in Latin American studies and literature at the Universidad National Autónoma de México. After returning to the United States to settle in Tulsa, she received her master's degree in library and information science from the University of Oklahoma.


"This reference is a wonderful resource for students and teachers curious about the birth and importance of the Chicano Movement. Recommended."—School Library Connection, August 1, 2017
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