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Featuring an up to date serious point of view in addition to a cultural, political and ancient context, this e-book is a wonderful creation to Mexican American literature, affording readers the most important novels, drama and poetry. This volume presents clean and unique readings of significant works, and with its historiographic and cultural analyses, impressively can provide key details to the reader.

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Like Cota-Cardenas many women writers produced self-published texts including Estela-Portillo Trambley’s Rain of Scorpions (1975), Bernice Zamora’s Restless Serpents (1976), Angela de Hoyos’s Chicano: Poems from the Barrio (1975) and Arise Chicanos and Other Poems (1976), and Isabella Rios’s Victuum (1976). These works caused much controversy among Chicano literary critics, who were in the main male dominated, and were subsequently condemned for their oppositional stance towards Chicano ideology.

They were essentially second-class participants by and large. (Vargas 1999: 402) Chicanas who did play a role were made aware of the iniquities within the organisation. Their roles were clearly vital and supportive, but were relegated to picketing or distributing the organisation’s literature. Commenting on the wider participation of Chicanas in the movement, García (1997) states that through women’s ‘clerical skills, their willingness to do tedious jobs well, and their ability to follow through on assignments’, they ‘became the organisational backbone of the movement’ (I.

Over 400 people were injured and several million dollars in property damage inflicted. Three people were killed, including the Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar, whose ‘mysterious’ death at the hands of the LAPD spawned further rioting and protest (Gutiérrez 1995, Ruiz 1998, Vigil 1999, Chávez 2002). The Crusade for Justice also lost support when organisers were continually discredited by local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies including the FBI (Vigil 1999: 93). The Crusade even attracted the attention of the US Congress.

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