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  • Series: Hispanic Civil Rights
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558853316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558853317
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This edition features selected writings of the Chicano civil rights leader, handpicked by Gonzales himself with the help of his longtime friend and political associate Esquibel (emeritus, Metropolitan State Coll. of Denver). The years represented in these writings, 1966-1980, were important ones for the Chicano movement, as mainstream America had just begun to wake up to the concerns of Mexican Americans and other Latin American citizens. As his speeches reveal, Gonzales was a key figure. His words expose and attack the cultural stereotypes plaguing his people for centuries under Euro-American domination and emphasize education for the Chicano people, both academic and political. Also included in this work is the famous "Yo Soy Joaquin," an epic poem covering the history of Aztec civilization and the fate of its descendants today. Gonzales's poetry and plays (also featured in this edition) may seem a bit dated and melodramatic today, but they are historically important and represent the struggles encountered by Chicanos up to the 1980s. Gonzales hoped that this work would "inspire and motivate a new generation of Chicanos," and for this reason it belongs in academic libraries and public libraries with many Chicano or Mexican American patrons. Nedra C. Evers, Sacramento P.L.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The first and only collection of plays, poetry and political prose by the famed Chicano civil rights leader.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ernest schusky on December 9, 2013
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I was teaching a workshop for American Indian students in Colorado when I took time off to hear Corky Conzales speak. It was the 1960s when Julian Bond, Conzales, and Vine Deloria were speaking out for minorities, and it was important to understand the differences they spoke to. Civil Rights for Blacks, treaty rights for Indians, and land rights for Chicanos. At times the demands were exaggerated. I had a militant Indian speak to my students who was asked by a sympathetic white what whites could do for Indians. His answer: "Go back where you came from." I explained to students later that in demanding, a form of negotiating, one always asked for more than what was expected.

What Corky Conzales demanded was recognition that half of Mexico was seized by the United States, and the rights of its citizens trampled and their culture denegrated. I do not know how much Gonzales was 'asking for and not expecting to win' but he certainly made Anglo culture much more aware of Hispanic culture and even taught some of the majority more about their history of exploitation.

The legacy he left of his vision for a better America begins with an epic poem that is followed by seven major speechs. Two plays follow with more of his poetry and major pieces of his correspondence. Throughout all his work he clarifies what his goals are for a liberated Chicano population: Equality with the dominant culture, preservation of Chicano or Hispanic culture, and pride in identifying as Hispanic.

While critics have protrayed the book as an attack on Anglo culture and deviation from the goal of an American Melting Pot, I see it as a call not only to taking action to preserve Hispanic culture, which necessitates being proud of heritage, but also to correct biases of historical interpretation.

In sum, a necessary work for historicans as well as Chicano and sympathetic whites.
ernestschusky.com
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally CWO on September 14, 2013
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Very fast delivery. Purchased this book for my daughter who needed to find a book that contained selected writing from a Chicano Civil Right Leader for her Speech Class in college. The book contained exactly what she needed. Thanks for selling...
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