By David Montejano
Winner, NACCS-Tejas booklet Award, nationwide organization for Chicana and Chicano reports Tejas Foco , 2011
NACCS booklet Award, nationwide organization for Chicana and Chicano reports, 2012
In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, used to be a segregated urban ruled through an entrenched Anglo social and company elite. The Mexican American barrios of the west and south facets have been characterised by means of substandard housing and skilled seasonal flooding. Gang battle broke out frequently. Then the extraordinary farmworkers of South Texas marched in the course of the urban and trigger a social circulation that reworked the barrios and eventually introduced down the previous Anglo oligarchy. In Quixote's Soldiers, David Montejano makes use of a wealth of formerly untapped assets, together with the congressional papers of Henry B. Gonzalez, to offer an fascinating and hugely readable account of this turbulent period.
Montejano divides the narrative into 3 components. within the first half, he recounts how university pupil activists and politicized social employees mobilized barrio formative years and fixed an competitive problem to either Anglo and Mexican American political elites. within the moment half, Montejano seems on the dynamic evolution of the Chicano circulate and the emergence of transparent gender and sophistication differences as girls and ex-gang early life struggled to realize popularity as severe political actors. within the ultimate half, Montejano analyzes the mess ups and successes of stream politics. He describes the paintings of second-generation flow businesses that made attainable a brand new and extra consultant political order, symbolized via the election of Mayor Henry Cisneros in 1981.