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Fighting for Political Power
(Chicano! series)

VHS
57 minutes
E184 .M5 R6341 1996 v.4

Focuses on the emergence of Mexican-American political activism and the creation of a third political pary, La Raza Unida(The United People). The episode opens with the exodus of a large number of white citizens from Crystal City, Texas, following the election of five Mexican Americans to political office in the town. It shows how a protest against a high school cheerleading tradition (only one Mexican American per year!) escalated into a movement that pitted the Mexican-American population against the town's Anglo-American power structure. Although the idea of a third party eventually proved ineffectual, La Raza Unida inspired a generation of political activists and pioneered voter registration strategies that eventually led to the election of thousands of Chicanos to political office.

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