Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán

Oliver A. Rosales

In: Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán

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  • Mexican American youth played an important role in the Chicano power movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s in the United States. Part of the baby boom generation, Mexican Americans during this era of social protest formulated an agenda unique to the Mexican American communities of the American West. Building on the momentum of the civil rights movement and the farm workers’ struggle led by César Chávez, Chicano student organizations proliferated in the late 1960s and led a variety of political and social struggles in Mexican barrios throughout the Southwest. Many Mexican American youth organizations merged to form Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), beginning in April 1969. MEChA continues to be the most widespread and influential Chicano high school and college student organization ...

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