Red Salmon Arts presents a plática/presentation with David Montejano of his new books: Quixote’s Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981 and Sancho’s Journal: Exploring the Political Edge with the Brown Berets.
In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, was a segregated city governed by an entrenched Anglo social and business elite. In Quixote’s Soldiers, David Montejano recounts how college student activists and politicized social workers mobilized barrio youth and mounted an aggressive challenge to both Anglo and Mexican American political elites. He looks at the dynamic evolution of the Chicano movement and the emergence of clear gender and class distinctions as women and ex-gang youth struggled to gain recognition as serious political actors. Montejano also analyzes the failures and successes of movement politics.
Sanchos Journal presents an ethnography of daily life among the batos locos as they joined the Brown Berets and became associated with the greater Chicano movement. Montejano describes the motivations that brought young men into the group and shows how they learned to link their individual troubles with the larger issues of social inequality and discrimination that the movement sought to redress. He also recounts his own journey as a scholar who came to realize that, before he could tell this street-level story, he had to understand the larger history of Mexican Americans and their struggle for a place in U.S. society.
David Montejano, a native San Antonian, is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His fields of specialization include community studies, historical and political sociology, and race and ethnic relations. He is the author of the award-winning Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986 and the editor of Chicano Politics and Society in the Late Twentieth Century.
Friday Oct. 26, 7pm. Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A South First St., 512-416-8885. salmonrojo.tumblr.com.