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Felix Longoria's Wake: Bereavement, Racism, and the Rise of Mexican American Activism (Cmas History, Culture, & Society) Paperback – April 1, 2003

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ISBN-13: 978-0292712492 ISBN-10: 0292712499 Edition: 1st

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"Carroll provides abundant evidence of the importance of the Longoria incident for Mexican Americans, for a rising Lyndon Johnson, for Texas politics, and, indirectly, for U.S. society. His insights . . . have the potential of appealing to both historians and general readers, particularly those interested in Mexican American and/or Texas history." (Julie Leininger Pycior, author of Lyndon Johnson and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of Power)

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Carroll provides abundant evidence of the importance of the Longoria incident for Mexican Americans, for a rising Lyndon Johnson, for Texas politics, and, indirectly, for U.S. society. His insights . . . have the potential of appealing to both historians and general readers, particularly those interested in Mexican American and/or Texas history. (Julie Leininger Pycior, author of Lyndon Johnson and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of Power)
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Product Details

  • Series: Cmas History, Culture, & Society
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292712499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292712492
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terra Caldwell on June 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book for a Mexican-American history class. The book is about what happened to the remains of PFC Felix Longoria, an American citizen, who earned four medals for his service before dying during WWII. When he died, his body was shipped back to his hometown in Texas, but the only funeral parlor there refused to hold services for him because "the whites would not like it." This book introduces Dr. Héctor García as a character who should be studied in high school as an American civil rights leader, discusses LBJ's earlier career as a civil rights leader, and describes the lengths to which the Longoria family had to go in order to have Felix Longoria properly buried - at Arlington National Cemetery. By the time of his burial the Longoria debate had gone nation-wide and had lasting consequences.

This book is engaging, well-written, and opens up a whole new world of civil rights history. I highly recommend it as an excellent starting place for Mexican-American or Chicano/a history.
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By Thomas A. Trevino on April 12, 2014
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AWESOME!!!!
I could not stop reading. I read at home on my laptop and on my kindle app on my iPhone. My wife complained but it was so interesting.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Drew Youngblood on June 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books where academics engage in theoretical discussions, rather than actually telling the story of what happened with Felix Longoria. This is a real shame, because the story is very interesting. But the author seems far more interested in using the Longoria case as a way to test academic theories currently in fashion. If you like jargon-laded authors who talk about "the accommodative, culturally pluralistic model of integrative ideology that emerged out of the hybrid structuralist and antistructuralist process" then this is a book for you.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kati Ann on November 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for a Texas History class, but the last part of the book is missing. It went from page 172 back to page 144 and completely skipped the last chapter. It was probably just an error in my copy though.
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