Chicanas of 18th Street

Chicanas of 18th Street : Narratives of a Movement from Latino Chicago

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Overflowing with powerful testimonies of six female community activists who have lived and worked in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Chicanas of 18th Street reveals the convictions and approaches of those organizing for social reform. In chronicling a pivotal moment in the history of community activism in Chicago, the women discuss how education, immigration, religion, identity, and acculturation affected the Chicano movement. Chicanas of 18th Street underscores the hierarchies of race, gender, and class while stressing the interplay of individual and collective values in the development of community reform. Highlighting the women's motivations, initiatives, and experiences in politics during the 1960s and 1970s, these rich personal accounts reveal the complexity of the Chicano movement, conflicts within the movement, and the importance of teatro and cultural expressions to the movement. Also detailed are vital interactions between members of the Chicano movement with leftist and nationalist community members and the influence of other activist groups such as African Americans and Marxists.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252078128
  • 9780252078125

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"Chicanas of 18th Street provides a fascinating narrative that uses rich personal accounts to detail the history of individual women and the Chicano movement in Chicago during the 1960s and 1970s."--Oral History Review "Women's oral history enthusiasts will find this book a treasure trove of ideas and experiences that is brimming with details about the events, organizations, and cultural work of women in the Chicano movement."--Dionne Espinoza, coeditor of Enriqueta Vasquez and the Chicano Movement: Writings from El Grito del Norte "The personal testimonies make for exciting reading. . . . Ramirez and his interviewees present an untold story of Chicana/o student activism in the Midwest that has all but been ignored in New Left historiography and Chicago history."--Journal of Illinois History "A fascinating account of Latina activists during the height of the Chicano movement in Chicago. The personal testimonies allow readers to see the dynamics that transform community members into activists. This engaging study appeals to students and scholars of women's studies, political science, sociology, and Latina studies."--Mary S. Pardo, author of Mexican American Women Activists: Identity and Resistance in Two Los Angeles Communitiesshow more

About Leonard G. Ramirez

Leonard G. Ramirez is the past director of the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.show more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations ix Preface xi List of Abbreviations, Organizations, and Programs xvii Chicago Movement Time Line xxi Introduction: Second City Mexicans 1 Leonard G. Ramirez Homecoming, 1997 17 Leonard G. Ramirez A Legacy of Struggle 29 Yenelli Flores Living the Life I Was Meant to Lead 54 Isaura Gonzalez Una Chicana en la lucha 76 Maria Gamboa A Woman of My Time 101 Cristina Vital Defending My People and My Culture 118 Victoria Perez A Proud Daughter of a Mexican Worker 137 Magda Ramirez-Castaneda Social Action 166 Leonard G. Ramirez Women of 18th Street: Our Preliminary Assessment 201 Yenelli Flores, Maria Gamboa, Isaura Gonzalez, Victoria Perez, Magda Ramirez-Castaneda, Cristina Vital References 205 Contributors 213 Index 219show more

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