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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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Mexican American Racial Identity, Whiteness, and Civil Rights

Mexican American Racial Identity, Whiteness, and Civil Rights

(p.182) 10 Mexican American Racial Identity, Whiteness, and Civil Rights
George I. Sánchez

Carlos Kevin Blanton

Yale University Press

In the 1950s George I. Sánchez entered the most intense period of his civil rights activism. His civil rights organization, the ACSSP, was funded by the ACLU and took on a number of cases throughout the Southwest. Their jury trial case, Hernández v. Texas, was won at the U.S. Supreme Court weeks before the far better-known Brown v. Board of Education. This period of Sánchez's career is highly useful for interpretive debates among historians over the role of whiteness and the meaning of ideas of race. This period is also highly instructive as to the relationship between Mexican Americans and the African American civil rights movement, particularly the NAACP. The author discovers that Sánchez, from behind the scenes, remains one of the nation's most understudied and perhaps underappreciated civil rights figures.

Keywords:   Civil Rights, Race, American Council on Spanish-Speaking People (ACSSP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Whiteness, Hernández v. Texas, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

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