Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican-Americans in Search of Justice and Power is an oral history of Mexican-American activism in San Jose, California, over the last half century. The authors present interviews of 14 people of various stripes-teachers, politicians, radio personalities-who have been influential in the development of a major urban center with a significant ethnic population. These activists tell the stories of their lives and work with engaging openness and honesty, allowing readers to witness their successes and failures. This vivid ethnography of a Mexican-American community serves as a model for activism wherever ethnic groups seek change and justice.
Francisco Jimenez is Fay Boyle Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, and author of several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature and culture. Alma Garcia is professor of sociology at Santa Clara University and the author of numerous books on the Mexican-American community includingNarratives of Second Generation American Women(AltaMira).Richard A. Garcia is professor of history at California State University at Hayward and the author of numerous books and articles.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Leadership and Power Chapter 3 Victor Garza Chapter 4 Blanca Alvarado Chapter 5 Ron Gonzales Part 6 Politics and Society Chapter 7 Esther Medina Chapter 8 Sofia Mendoza Chapter 9 Ernestina Garcia Part 10 Education and Social Change Chapter 11 Fernando Zazueta Chapter 12 Juan Oliverez Chapter 13 Yolanda Reynolds Part 14 Culture and the Arts Chapter 15 Adrian Vargas Chapter 16 Rigo Chacon Chapter 17 Mary Andrade Part 18 Religion and Community Chapter 19 Sal Alvarez Chapter 20 Gloria Loya, PVBM