League of United Latin American Citizens

Oliver A. Rosales

In: Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West

League of United Latin American Citizens

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  • Mexican Americans struggled to secure the full benefits of American citizenship in the early twentieth century. In Texas, the emergence of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in 1929 marked the founding of one of the most important civil rights organizations in Mexican American history. The founding of LULAC was grounded in the racial tensions between Mexican Americans and Anglos in the south Texas borderlands. Border skirmishes and transnational crossings were normative during the era of the Mexican Revolution, following the toppling of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz in 1910. Within a context of revolution and violence, LULAC emerged as a model minority organization for Mexican Americans in the United States, promoting the virtues of American acculturation and citizenship.

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