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Kenneth C. Burt
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September 1, 2007 1930053509 978-1930053502
Latinos began to emerge politically in the 1930s as part of President Franklin Roosevelt s New Deal Democratic coalition, and union organizing. The number of Latino voters in California expanded dramatically during the years 1948 to 1960, as a result of the extraordinary leadership of the Community Service Organization (CSO). The CSO also provided a training ground for a generation of Latino leaders. They include Congressman Edward Roybal, UFW cofounders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, and National Council of La Raza (NCLA) heads Herman Gallegos and Henry Santiestevan. The son a CSO member, Carlos McCormick, served as the architect of Viva Kennedy in 1960. He then became President John F. Kennedy s Latino liaison, working with CSO, GI Forum, LULAC, and the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA). The Search for a Civic Voice focuses on the 1930s to the 1960s, with the final two chapters linking these early developments to the present. The book chronicles the struggle for political power while telling the story of individual activists who broke racial barriers. "Kenneth Burt understands the convergence of social movements and partisan politics," writes Dolores Huerta.

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The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics is both an academic book and one that will be enjoyed by readers interested in history and current events. --Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from the Foreword

Kenneth C. Burt has searched for the origins and growth of the California Latino civic voice, sharing his findings with his readers in this attractive, informative, and interpretive read. Burt helps us to understand ethnic politics while more providing more specific information in some 400 pages than anyone else has to date. This commendable narrative should enrich many classrooms. --Juan Gomez-Quinones, Pacific Historical Review

The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics provides in-depth, extensive coverage of the development of Latino politics in California that has implications for studies of Latino politics across the United States. --Jessica Lavariega Monforti, Journal of American Ethnic History

About the Author

Kenneth C. Burt is the political director of the California Federation of Teachers and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. He serves on the board of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy and has published in a number of academic journals and anthologies related to Latinos, labor, coalition politics and the Cold War. Burt has been active in politics since college when he was one of the youngest delegates for Edward Kennedy at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. For more information, see his web page, KennethBurt.com.

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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Regina Books (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930053509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930053502
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars March 29, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was more interested than what I thought it ... November 12, 2014
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This book was more interested than what I thought it would be.
This book has a lot of history involved :) stuff that I did not know, I simply learned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive and clearly written study September 2, 2008
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Burt's monograph is a deeply researched study of the place of Chicanos in the organized politics of California (especially but not exclusively within the Democratic Party and organized labor) from 1939 to the present. Every page reflects a sure footed understanding of of how hard-headed political calculations shape history and, inevitably, sometimes fall short. Most important, Burt has mastered a daunting set of hard-to-find archival sources. As a professor of modern United States history, I believe this book will be particularly useful to those with a strong interest in how social movements and organized "mainstream" politics converge.The Search for a Civic Voice should be considered for graduate courses on California politics, Chicano politics or postwar American politics.
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