Quixote's Soldiers

9780292722903: Paperback
Release Date: 1st July 2010

74 b&w illus., 3 tables

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 360

Series Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture

University of Texas Press

Quixote's Soldiers

A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966–1981

Paperback / £20.99

Winner, NACCS-Tejas Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco , 2011
NACCS Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2012

In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, was a segregated city governed by an entrenched Anglo social and business elite. The Mexican American barrios of the west and south sides were characterized by substandard housing and experienced seasonal flooding. Gang warfare broke out regularly. Then the striking farmworkers of South Texas marched through the city and set off a social movement that transformed the barrios and ultimately brought down the old Anglo oligarchy. In Quixote's Soldiers, David Montejano uses a wealth of previously untapped sources, including the congressional papers of Henry B. Gonzalez, to present an intriguing and highly readable account of this turbulent period.

Montejano divides the narrative into three parts. In the first part, he recounts how college student activists and politicized social workers mobilized barrio youth and mounted an aggressive challenge to both Anglo and Mexican American political elites. In the second part, Montejano looks at the dynamic evolution of the Chicano movement and the emergence of clear gender and class distinctions as women and ex-gang youth struggled to gain recognition as serious political actors. In the final part, Montejano analyzes the failures and successes of movement politics. He describes the work of second-generation movement organizations that made possible a new and more representative political order, symbolized by the election of Mayor Henry Cisneros in 1981.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part One: The Conflict Within
    • 1. The Leaking Caste System
    • 2. Barrios at War
    • 3. Organizing Unity
    • 4. A Congressman Reacts
    • 5. Kill the Gringos!
    • 6. The Berets Rise Up
  • Part Two: Marching Together Separately
    • 7. Women Creating Space
    • 8. Batos Claiming Legitimacy
    • 9. Fragmenting Elements
  • Part Three: After the Fury
    • 10. Several Wrong Turns
    • 11. A Transformation
  • Appendix: On Intepreting the Chicano Movement
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

David Montejano is Professor of Ethnic Studies and History at the University of California, Berkeley

NACCS Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies - 2012

Winner

NACCS-Tejas Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco - 2011

Winner