Chicanas of 18th Street: Narratives of a Movement from Latino Chicago

Paperback | September 21, 2011

byLeonard G. Ramirez

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Overflowing with powerful testimonies of six female community activists who have lived and worked in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Chicanas of 18th Street reveals the convictions and approaches of those organizing for social reform. In chronicling a pivotal moment in the history of community activism in Chicago, the women discuss how education, immigration, religion, identity, and acculturation affected the Chicano movement. Chicanas of 18th Street underscores the hierarchies of race, gender, and class while stressing the interplay of individual and collective values in the development of community reform.
 
Highlighting the women's motivations, initiatives, and experiences in politics during the 1960s and 1970s, these rich personal accounts reveal the complexity of the Chicano movement, conflicts within the movement, and the importance of teatro and cultural expressions to the movement. Also detailed are vital interactions between members of the Chicano movement with leftist and nationalist community members and the influence of other activist groups such as African Americans and Marxists.

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Overflowing with powerful testimonies of six female community activists who have lived and worked in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Chicanas of 18th Street reveals the convictions and approaches of those organizing for social reform. In chronicling a pivotal moment in the history of community activism in Chicago, the women discuss...

  Leonard G. Ramírez is the past director of the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 21, 2011Publisher:University Of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252078128

ISBN - 13:9780252078125

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"Chicanas of 18th Street provides a fascinating narrative that uses rich personal accounts to detail the history of individual women and the Chicano movement in Chicago during the 1960s and 1970s."--Oral History Review