Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
The 1960s was a turbulent decade in American history, fraught with conflicts over isssues from Civil Rights to the war in Vietnam. The Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, one of the least studied social movements of the 1960s, encompassed a broad cross section of issues—from restoration of land grants, to farm workers rights, to enhanced education, to voting and political rights. The video documentary Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, a four-part documentary series, corrects this oversight. Ground-breaking for the material it covers, the series is one of the few to address the history of Mexican Americans in general and that of the Chicano Movement in particular; it is an indispensable resource for scholars and students.
A segment of the documentary was screened for conference participants today, Friday, at the La Raza Unida’s 40th Anniversary Reunion in Austin.
The event continues on Saturday, July 7th, when another clip is scheduled to be screened from the documentary. Read below for more information on the Texas based award winning filmmaker, Hector Galan.