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By Ignacio M. Garcia

For a couple of short months through the presidential crusade of 1960, Mexican americans stuck a glimpse in their personal Camelot within the promise of John F. Kennedy. Grassroots "Viva Kennedy golf equipment" sprang up not just within the southwestern usa but additionally throughout California and the higher Midwest to aid decide on the younger Catholic usual bearer. The leaders of the Viva Kennedy golf equipment have been convinced and hopeful that their participation in American democracy may mark the start of the tip of discrimination, violence, and poverty within the barrio.

Although the dream of attaching their very own Camelot to Kennedy’s eventually resulted in unhappiness, those participatory efforts contributed to an identity-building technique for Mexican american citizens that resulted in better emphasis on Americanization for a few and to the extra radical rhetoric of the Chicano circulate for others.

In Viva Kennedy, Ignacio M. García surveys the history, improvement, and evolution of the Viva Kennedy golf equipment and their post-election incarnation as PASO, the Political organization of Spanish-Speaking companies. He argues that patriotic fervor of the Nineteen Forties and postwar fiscal growth spurred middle-class Mexican americans to try for complete inclusion in American society.

Ironically, these interested in the Viva Kennedy flow confirmed their militancy in combating discrimination whilst they upheld America’s conservative values. They believed that discrimination should be conquer via executive activities that famous their civil rights and during their very own political participation.

García describes the post-election difficulties of the Viva Kennedy reformers, who first observed the Kennedy management forget about its crusade provides to them after which encountered their very own factional squabbles, continual investment difficulties, and a growing to be unease between Anglo american citizens cautious of Mexican American political power.

Based on learn and interviews with key leaders of the Viva Kennedy stream reminiscent of Ed Idar, Jr., Edward R. Roybal, and Albert Peña, Jr., this research unveils a portrait of a humans in transition and gives a nuanced photo of twentieth-century Mexican American history.

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But victimization served only to highlight how dependent these writers were on Anglo 20 | V I V A K E N N E D Y 01B-A0930 7/16/01 12:13 PM Page 21 American sympathy and justice. 19 Unlike the Chicano writers who sought to provide meaning to the plight of the Mexican American by looking inward, Mexican American writers could see no final redemption within the Mexican soul. They lashed out at American complicity in their tragedy, but they could not formulate an alternative vision of themselves and their people.

From his position in the council, he had run for lieutenant governor and encouraged others to run for regional and statewide office. 53 Henry B. González of Texas duplicated Roybal’s and Chávez’s winning strategies en route to the Texas state legislature. A strong liberal like his aforementioned counterparts, he continually won re-election through tenacious campaigning and an immaculate record on civil rights, housing, labor, and constituency services. 54 There were others less well known but still significant in their ability to win office when the Mexican American vote was less than the majority.

We have already discussed radio, television, and the film industry. We can add that, beyond public service announcements, the media created an appetite for consumer goods. ” 36 This consumerism seemed to vindicate American capitalism’s claim of a better society. Mexican Americans, like other Americans, interpreted the accumulation of goods and services as a sign of a fair and just society. The fact that Spanish-language media had by the 1950s become a conduit for sending corporate products to the barrio accelerated the process of Americanization even more.

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