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World War II and Mexican American Civil Rights

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World War II and Mexican American Civil Rights

World War II and Mexican American Civil Rights by Richard Griswold del Castillo
Publisher: University of Texas Press | Number Of Pages: 255 | Publication Date: 2008-04-01 | ISBN-10: 0292717393 | PDF | 7 Mb

World War II marked a turning point for Mexican Americans that fundamentally changed their expectations about how they should be treated by the greater U.S. society. The experiences of fighting alongside white Americans in the military, as well as of working in factory jobs for wages equal to those of Anglo workers, made Mexican Americans less willing to tolerate the second-class citizenship that had been their lot before the war. Having proven their loyalty and "Americanness" during World War II, Mexican Americans in the postwar years wanted to have the civil rights they knew they had earned.