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George I. SánchezThe Long Fight for Mexican American Integration$
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Carlos K. Blanton

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300190328

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300190328.001.0001

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Early Life and Education 1906–1930

Early Life and Education 1906–1930

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(p.13) 1 Early Life and Education 1906–1930
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George I. Sánchez
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Carlos Kevin Blanton

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300190328.003.0002

The early life of George I. Sánchez is a narrative of educational triumph at a time when Chicana/o experiences with public schools in the U.S. were uniformly negative. He overcame a childhood of grinding poverty in mining camps throughout the Southwest, with a newly minted high school diploma became a teenaged public school teacher in rural schools, and married and began a family. In addition, with the financial support of the General Education Board (GEB), Sánchez earned degrees in education at the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California, Berkeley. His success owed to hard work and the drive that stemmed from his imagined sense of distant ancestral glory and his belief in his unique opportunity to reclaim this lost prestige.

Keywords:   Childhood, Poverty, Imagined Past, General Education Board (GEB), Educational Success, Teacher, Student

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