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On the Web: Articles

Are Chicanos the same as Mexicans? A Taxonomy.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

A Brief Overview of Mexican-American History.

Promoting Reading Among Mexican American Children.

In the Library: Articles

Aguirre, Adalberto Jr. "Intelligence testing & Chicanos: a quality of life issue," Social Problems 27,2 (12/79):186-92.

Almaguer, Tomás. "Historical notes on Chicano oppression: the dialectics of racial & class domination in North America," Aztlán 5,1-2 (spr-fall 74):27-56.

__________. "Chicano men: a cartography of homosexual identity & behavior," Differences 3,2 (1991):75-100.

Anderson, Karen. "Border women: gender, culture, & power in Mexican American communities from 1950 to the present," chap. 6 in her Changing Woman (NY, 1996), pp. 123-52.

Apodaca, Maria Linda. "The Chicana woman: an historical materialist perspective," Latin American Perspectives 4,1-2 (win-spr 77):70-89.

Briggs, Vernon M. Jr. "Mexican workers in the US: a contemporary dilemma," International Labour Review 112,5 (11/75):351-68.

Brown, John. "Exuberancia mexicano-norteamericana, 1920-1940," Anglia (México) 1 (1968):95-122.

Clark, Victor S. "Mexican labor in the US," Bureau of Labor Bulletin 78 (sept 1908).

Corwin, Arthur F. "Mexican-American history: an assessment," Pacific Historical Review 42,3 (8/73):269-308.

Finnegan, William. "The new Americans," New Yorker (3/25/96):52-71. Mexican immigrant family life & social deterioration in the Yakima Valley.

Galarza, Ernesto. "Mexicans in the Southwest," in E. Spicer & R. Thompson (eds.) Plural Society in the Southwest (NY: Interbook, 1972).

Griswold del Castillo, Richard. "Patriarchy & the status of women in the late 19th-c. Southwest," in J.E. Rodríguez O. (ed.) The Mexican & Mexican American Experience in the 19th C. (Tempe: Arizona State U., 1989).

Guerin-Gonzales, Camille. "Conversing across boundaries of race, ethnicity, class, gender & region: Latino & Latina labor history," Labor History 35 (1994):547-63.

Herrera-Sobek, María. "The acculturation process of the Chicana in the corrido," Proceedings of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies 9 (1982):25-34.

Honig, Emily. "Women at Farah revisited: political mobilization & its aftermath among Chicana workers in El Paso, Texas, 1972-1992," Feminist Studies 22 (1996):425-52.

Kiser, Geroge. "Mexican-American labor before World War II," Journal of Mexican-American History 2 (1972?).

Kropp, Phoebe S. "Citizens of the past? Olivera St. & the construction of race & memory in 1930s Los Angeles," Radical History Review 81 (fall 2001):35-60.

Lacy, Elaine C. "Mexican immigrant workers in the Southwest: the 1920s & the 1980s," Review of Latin American Studies 1,2 (1988):103-20.

Limón, José E. "El Primer Congreso Mexicanista de 1911: Precursor to contemporary Chicanismo," Aztlan 5,1-2 (spr-fall 74):85-117.

__________. "Carne, carnales & the carnivalesque: Bakhtinian batos, disorder, & narrative discourses," American Ethnologist 16,3 (8/89):471-86.

Melville, Margarita. "Hispanics: race, class or ethnicity?" Journal of Ethnic Studies 16 (spr 88):67-84.

Monroy, Douglas. "Fence cutters, sediciosos & first-class Americans: Mexican radicalism in America," in P. Buhle & D. Georgakas (eds.) The Immigrant Left in the US (Albany: SUNY, 1996).

Nostrand, Richard L. "Mexican-American & 'Chicano': emerging terms for a people coming of age," Pacific Historical Review 42,3 (1973):389-406.

Orenstein, Catherine C. "Illegal transnational labor: Mexicans in California & Haitians in the Dominican Republic," Journal of International Affairs 48,2 (1995):601-624.

Paredes, Américo. "México, machismo & the US," Journal of the Folklore Institute 8,1 (1967):17-37.

Paredes, Raymundo. "The origins of anti-Mexican sentiment in the US," New Scholar 6 (1977):139-66.

Robe, Stanley L. "Problems in Mexican-American folk tradition: the southern California scene," in Wilkie et al. (eds.) Contemporary Mexico (Berkeley,l 1976), pp. 542-55.

Rubio Goldsmith, Raquel. "Seasons, seeds, & souls: Mexican women gardening in American Mesilla, 1900-1940," in Fowleer-Salamini & Vaughan (eds.) Women of the Mexican countryside, 1850-1990 (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 1994).

Ruiz, Vicki. "'And miles to go...': Mexican women & work, 1930-1950," in Schlisser & others (eds.) Western Women: Their Land, Their Lives (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1988), pp. 113-50.

Sierra, Christine Marie. "Mexicans in the US: history, evolution & transformation," Latin American Research Review 24,2 (1989):218-30.

Valenzuela, Angela. "Mexican-American youth & the politics of caring," in Elizabeth Long (ed.) From Sociology to Cultural Studies: New Perspectives (Malden MA: Blackwell, 1997), pp. 322-50.

Womack, John. "The Chicanos," NY Review of Books (8/31/72). Review essay, including a survey of Chicano history.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Acosta, Oscar Zeta. Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works (ed. Ilan Stavans; Houston: Arte Público, 1996).

Acuña, Rodolfo. Occupied America: A History of Chicanos [1972] (4th ed.; Longman, 2000).

__________. A Community under Siege: A Chronicle of Chicanos East of the Los Angeles River, 1945-1975 (Los Angeles: U. California, 1984).

__________. Anything but Mexican: Chicanos in Contemporary Los Angeles (NY: Verso, 1996).

__________. Sometimes there is No Other Side: Chicanos & the Myth of Equality (Notre Dame IN: U. Notre Dame, 1998).

Almaguer, Tomás. Interpreting Chicano History: The "World-System" Approach to 19th C. California (Institute for the Study of Social Change Working Paper 101; Berkeley, 1977).

Balderrama, Francisco E. & Raymond Rodríguez. Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s (Albuquerque: U. New Mexico, 1995).

Bean, Frank D. & Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Bryan R. Roberts, Sidney Weintraub. At the Crossroads: Mexican Migration & U.S. Policy (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

Bogardus, Emory. The Mexican in the US [1934] (NY, 1970).

Briggs, Vernon M. Jr. Chicanos & Rural Poverty (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1973).

Broadbent, Elizabeth. The Distribution of Mexican Populations in the US (Chicago, 1941).

Burma, John (ed.) Mexican-Americans in the US: A Reader (Cambridge MA: Schenkman, 1970).

Buss, Fran Leeper (ed.) Forged Under the Sun/Forjada bajo el sol: The Life of Maria Elena Lucas (Ann Arbor, 1993).

Calvo Buesas, Tomás. Los más pobres en el país más rico: clase, raza y etnia en el movimiento campesino chicano (Madrid: Encuentro, 1981).

Carter, Thomas P. Mexican Americans in School: A History of Educational Neglect (NY: College Entrance Examination Board, 1970).

Centro de Estudios Internacionales. Indocumentados (México: Colegio de México, 1979).

Chávez, Leo R. Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society (Fort Worth TX: Harcourt Brace, 1998).

__________. Covering Immigration: Popular Images & the Politics of the Nation (Berkeley: U. of California, 2001).

Cotera, Martha P. Diosa y Hembra: The History & Heritage of Chicanas in the US (Austin,1976).

Davis, Marilyn P. Mexican Voices/American Dreams: An Oral History of Mexican Immigration to the US (NY: Henry Holt, 1990).

Davis, Mike. Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the US City (London: Verso, 2000).

Deutsch, Sarah. No Separate Refuge: Culture, Class, & Gender on an Anglo-Hispanic Frontier in the American Southwest, 1880-1940 (NY: Oxford, 1987).

Díaz de Cossío, Roger; Graciela Orozco y Esther González. Los mexicanos en Estados Unidos (México: Sistemas Técnicos de Edición, 1997).

Ferriss, Susan & Ricardo Sandoval. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez & the Farmworkers Movement (Orlando FL: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997).

Foley, Douglas E. From Peones to Politicos: Class & Ethnicity in a South Texas Town, 1900-1987 (Austin: U. Texas, 1988).

__________. Learning Capitalist Culture: Deep in the Heart of Tejas (Philadelphia: U. Pennsylvania, 1990).

Forbes, Jack D. (comp.) Aztecas del Norte: the Chicanos of Aztlan (Greenwich CT: Fawcett, 1973).

Galarza, Ernesto. Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story. An Account of the Managed Migration of Mexican Farm Workers in California, 1942-1960 [1964] (Santa Barbara CA: McNally & Loftin West, 1978).

__________; Herman Gallegos & Julian Samora. Mexican-Americans in the Southwest (Santa Barbara CA: McNally & Loftin, 1969).

__________. Spiders in the House & Workers in the Field (Notre Dame IN: U. Notre Dame, 1970). Congressional harassment of farm labor unions.

__________. Barrio Boy (Notre Dame IN: U. Notre Dame, 1971).

__________. Alviso: The Crisis of a Barrio (San Jose CA: 1973).

__________. Farm Workers & Agri-Business in California, 1947-1960 (Notre Dame IN: U. Notre Dame, 1977).

__________. Tragedy at Chualar: El Crucero de las Treinta y Dos Cruces (Santa Barbara CA: McNally & Loftin, 1977).

Grebler, Leo; Joan W. Moore & Ralph C. Guzmán. The Mexican-American People: The Nation's Second Largest Minority (Glencoe IL: Free Press, 1971).

Griswold del Castillo, Richard. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: A Legacy of Conflict (Norman: U. Oklahoma, 1990).

Guerin-Gonzales, Camille. Mexican Workers & American Dreams: Immigration, Repatriation & California Farm Labor, 1900-1939 (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1994).

Gutiérrez, David G. (ed.) Between Two Worlds: Mexican Immigrants in the US (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996).

__________. Walls & Mirrors. Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants & the Politics of Ethnicity (Berkeley: U. California, 1995).

Haas, Lisbeth. Conquests & Historical Identities in California, 1769-1936 (Berkeley: U. California, 1995).

Halsell, Grace. The Illegals (NY: Stein & Day, 1978).

Hanson, Victor Davis. Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (San Francisco: Encounter, 2003).

Hart, John Mason. Border Crossings: Mexican & Mexican-American Workers (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1998).

Heins, Marjorie. Strictly Ghetto Property: The Story of Los Siete de la Raza (Berkeley: Ramparts, 1972).

Heller, Celia S. Mexican American Youth: Forgotten Youth at the Crossroads (NY: Random House, 1966).

Herrera Sobek, María. The Bracero Experience: Elitelore vs. Folklore (Los Angeles: U. California, 1979).

Hinojosa, María. Crews: Gang Members Talk to María Hinojosa (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1995).

__________. Raising Raúl: Adventures Raising Myself & My Son (NY: Viking, 1999).

Holli, Melvin g. & Peter d'A. Jones (eds.) The Ethnic Frontier: Group Survival in Chicago & the Midwest (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977).

Hoobler, Dorothy. The Mexican American Family Album (NY: Oxford, 1994).

Johansen, Bruce & Roberto Maestas. El Pueblo: The Gallegos Family's American Journey, 1503-1980 (NY: Monthly Review, 1983).

Kiev, Ari. Curanderismo: Mexican-American Folk Psychiatry (NY: Free Press, 1968).

Kirstein, Peter N. Anglo over Bracero: A History of the Mexican Worker in the US from Roosevelt to Nixon (San Francisco, 1977).

Kiser, George C. & Martha Woody Kiser (eds.) Mexican Workers in the US: Historical & Political Perspectives (Albuquerque: U. New Mexico, 1979).

Kushner, Sam. Long Road to Delano (NY: International, 1975).

Leonard, Karen Isaksen. Making Ethnic Choices: California's Punjabi Mexican Americans (Philadelphia, 1992).

Lindborg, Kristina & Carlos J. Ovando. Five Mexican-American Women in Transition: A Case Study of Migrants in the Midwest (San Francisco, 1977).

Lowenthal, Abraham F. & Katrina Burgess (ed.) The California-Mexico Connection (Stanford, 1993).

Ludwig, Ed & James Santibáñez (eds.) The Chicanos: Mexican American Voices (Baltimore: Penguin, 1971).

Machado, Manuel A. Listen Chicano! An Informal History of the Mexican-American (Chicago, 1978).

Maciel, David y Patricia Bueno (comps.) Aztlan: Historia del pueblo chicano (1848-1910) (México: SepSetentas, 1975).

__________ y Patricia Bueno (comps.) Aztlán: historia contemporánea del pueblo chicano (México: SepSetentas, 1976).

Massey, Douglas. Beyond Smoke & Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration (NY: Russel Sage, 2004).

Martín, Patricia Preciado. Songs My Mother Sang to Me: An Oral History of Mexican American Women (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 1992).

Martínez, Elizabeth (ed.) 500 años del pueblo chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (2nd ed.; Albuquerque: Southwest Organizing Project, 1991).

__________. De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century (Cambridge MA: South End, 1998).

Martínez, Manuel Luis. Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent from Jack Kerouac to Tomás Rivera (Madison: U. Wisconsin, 2003).

Martínez, Oscar J. (ed.) US-Mexico Borderlands: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996).

Martínez, Rubén. The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City & Beyond (NY: Vintage, 1992).

__________. Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail (NY: Metropolitan, 2001).

Mazon, Mauricio. The Zoot-Suit Riots: The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation (Austin: U. Texas, 1984).

McWilliams, Carey. North from Mexico (NY: Monthly Review, 1948).

__________. Mexicans in America: A Student's Guide to Localized History (NY: Teacher's College, 1968).

Meier, Matt S. & Feliciano Ribera. Mexican Americans/American Mexicans: From Conquistadors to Chicanos [1972] (rev. ed. NY: Hill & Wang, 1993).

__________. Dictionary of Mexican American History (Westport CT: Greenwood, 1981).

Melville, Margarita B. (ed.) Mexicanas at Work in the US (Houston: U. Houston, 1988).

Menchaca, Martha. The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History of Marginalization & Discrimination in California (Austin: U. of Texas, 1995).

Miranda, Marie. Homegirls in the Public Sphere (Austin: U. of Texas, 2003). Chicana gang culture in Oakland's Fruitvale distrinct.

Mirandé, Alfredo & Evangelina Enríquez. La Chicana: The Mexican-American Woman (Chicago, 1979).

Monroy, Douglas. Thrown Among Strangers: From Indians to Mexicans on the Landscape of Southern California, 1769-1900 (Berkeley: U. California, 1990).

__________. Rebirth: Mexican Los Angeles from the Great Migration to the Great Depression (Berkeley: U. California, 1999).

Monsivais, Carlos y David Maciel. La otra cara de México: el pueblo chicano (México: El Caballito, 1977).

Moquín, Wayne & Charles Van Doren (eds.) A Documentary History of the Mexican Americans (NY: Praeger, 1971).

Morín, Raúl. Among the Valiant: Mexican-Americans in World War II & Korea (Los Angeles: Borden, 1963).

Murgía, Edward. Assimilation, Colonialism & the Mexican American People (Austin, 1975).

Nathan, Debbie. Women & Other Aliens: Essays from the US-Mexico Border (El Paso: Cinco Puntos, 1991).

Nava, Julian. Mexican Americans: Past, Present & Future (NY: American Book, 1969).

__________ (ed.) Viva la raza! Readings on Mexican Americans (NY: Van Nostrand, 1973).

Navarro, Armando. The Cristal Experiment: A Chicano Struggle for Community Control (Madison: U. Wisconsin, 1998).

Orozco, E.C. Republican Protestantism in Aztlan: The Encounter Between Mexicanism & Anglo-Saxon Secular Humanism in the US Southwest (Glendale CA: Petereins, 1980).

Padilla, Genaro M. My History, Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography (Madison WI, 1993).

Pardo, Mary. Mexican American Women Activisits: Identity & Resistance in Two Los Angeles Communities (Philadelphia: Temple, 1998).

Pérez, Emma. The Colonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History (Bloomington: Indiana U., 1999).

Prago, Albert. Strangers in Their Own Land: A History of Mexican-Americans (NY: Four Winds, 1973).

Prieto, Jorge. Harvest of Hope: The Pilgrimage of a Mexican-American Physician (South Bend IN: U. Notre Dame, 1990).

Quiñones, Sam. True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, & the Bronx (Albuquerque: U. New Mexico, 2001).

Reisler, Mark. By the Sweat of their Brow: Mexican Immigrant Labor in the US, 1900-1940 (Westport CT: Greenwood, 1976).

Rios-Bustamante, Antonio José & Pedro Castillo. An Illustrated History of Mexican Los Angeles, 1781-1985 (Los Angeles: U. California, 1986).

RIUS. The Chicanos (Berkeley: NACLA, 1972). Mexican comic-book introduction.

Robinson, Cecil. With the Ears of Strangers: The Mexican in American Literature (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 1969).

Rocard, Marcienne. The Children of the Sun: Mexican Americans in the Literature of the US (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 1989).

Rodriguez, Luis J. Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994).

__________. Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times (NY: Seven Stories, 2001).

Ruiz, Mona. Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (Houston: Arte Público, 1997).

Ruiz, Vicki L. Cannery Women, Cannery Lives: Mexican Women, Unionization, & the California Food Processing Industry, 1930-1950 (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1987).

__________. From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in 20th-C. America (NY, 1998).

Salazar, Rubén. Border Correspondent: Selected Writings, 1955-1970 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1995).

Samora, Julian (ed.) La Raza, Forgotten Americans (Notre Dame IN: U. Notre Dame, 1966).

__________ & Richard A. Lamanna. Mexican-Americans in a Midwest Metropolis: A Study of East Chicago (Los Angeles: U. California, 1967).

__________. Los Mojados: The Wetback Story (Notre Dame IN: U. Notre Dame, 1971).

Sánchez, George J. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture & Identity in Chicano LA, 1900-1945 (NY: Oxford, 1993).

Saragoza, Alex M. Mexican Cinema in Cold War America, 1940-1958: In Inquiry into the Interface between Mexico & Mexicans in the US (Berkeley: Chicano Studies Library, 1983).

Segura, Denise. Building with Our Hands: New Directions in Chicana Studies (Berkeley: U. California, 1993).

Siems, Larry (ed. & trans.) Between the Lines: Letters between Undocumented Mexican & Central American Immigrants & their Families & Friends (Hopewell NJ: Ecco, 1992).

Simmen, Edward (ed.) Pain & Promise: The Chicano Today (NY, 1970).

Stavans, Ilan. The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture & Identity in America (NY: HarperCollins, 1995).

__________. Bandido: Oscar "Zeta" Acosta & the Chicano Experience (NY: Icon, 1996).

__________. The Riddle of Cantinflas: Essays on Hispanic Popular Culture (Albuquerque: U. New Mexico, 1998).

__________. Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language (NY: Rayo, 2003).

Tuck, Ruth. Not with the Fist: Mexican Americans in a Southwest City [1946] (NY: Arno, 1974).

Turner, Paul R. Bilingualism in the Southwest (Tucson: U. Arizona, 1973).

Vigil, Ernesto B. The Crusade for Justice: Chicano Militancy & the Government's War on Dissent (Madison: U. Wisconsin, 1999). Denver in the 1960s & the radicalization of Corky González.

Weber, David J. (ed.) Foreigners in their Native Land: Historical Roots of the Mexican Americans (Albuquerque: U. New Mexico, 1973).

Zavella, Patricia. Women's Work & Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley (Ithaca: Cornell, 1987).

In the Library: Fiction

Acosta, Oscar "Zeta". The Revolt of the Cockroach People [1973] (NY: Vintage, 1989).

Anaya, Rodolfo A. Bless Me Ultima [1972] (NY: Warner, 1999).

Anzaldua, Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera (San Francisco, 1987).

Arias, Ron. The Road to Tamazunchale: A Novel (Reno NE: West Coast Poetry Review, 1975).

Barrio, Raymond. The Plum Plum Pickers (Sunnyvale CA: Ventura, 1975).

Castañeda Shular, Antonia; Tomás Ybarra-Frausto & Joseph Sommers (eds.) Literatura Chicana: texto y contexto (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall,1972).

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street [1983] (NY: Vintage, 1991).

__________. My Wicked, Wicked Ways [1987] (NY: Turtle Bay, 1991).

__________. Woman Hollering Creek, & Other Stories (NY: Random House, 1991).

Duarte, Stella Pope. Let Their Spirits Dance: A Novel (NY: Rayo, 2002). Mexican American soldiers in Vietnam.

Garner, Claud W. Wetback: A Novel (NY: Coward-McCann, 1947).

González, Rodolfo. I Am Joaquín/Yo soy Joaquín (NY, 1967).

Grande, Reyna. Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel (NY: Washington Square, 2007).

Islas, Arturo. The Rain God: A Desert Tale (NY, 1988).

Jiménez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1997).

Ludwig, Ed & James Santibáñez (eds.) The Chicanos: Mexican American Voices (Baltimore: Penguin, 1971).

Lemus, Felicia Luna. The Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003).

Martínez, Demetria. Mother Tongue (NY: One World, 1997).

Ortego, Philip D. (ed.) We Are Chicanos: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature (NY, 1973).

Rivera, Tomás. Y no se lo tragó la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (Houston: Arte Público, 1987).

__________. The Harvest: Short Stories (Houston: Arte Público, 1988).

__________. Tomás Rivera: The Complete Works (ed. Julian Olivares; Houston: Arte Publico, 1991).

Rodríguez, Luis J. The Republic of East Los Angeles: Stories (NY: Rayo, 2002).

Romano, Octavio I. El Espejo: Selected Mexican American Literature (Berkeley: Quinto Sol, 1969).

Sánchez, Thomas. The Zoot-Suit Murders: A Novel (NY: Dutton, 1978).

Sánchez, John Phillip. Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (NY: Penguin, 1999).

Simmen, Edward (ed.) The Chicano: From Caricature to Self-Portrait (NY: New American Library, 1971).

Stavans, Ilan (ed.) Wáchale: Poetry & Prose about Growing Up Latino in America (Chicago: Cricket, 2001).

Valdéz, Luis & Stan Steiner (eds.) Aztlán: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature (NY: Vintage, 1972).

Vea, Alfredo. La maravilla [1993] (NY: Dutton, 1996).

__________. The Silver Cloud Café (NY: Dutton, 1996).

__________. The Gods Go Begging (NY: Dutton, 1999).

Venegas, Daniel. Las aventuras de don Chipote, o cuando los pericos mamen (México, 1984).

Viramontes, Helena María. Under the Feet of Jesus (NY: Penguin, 1995).

In the Library: For Young Readers

Anzaldua, Gloria. Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado (San Francisco: Chidren's book, 1993). Boy, recently immigrated from Mexico, befriended by Mexican American girl.

Rodriguez, Luis. It Doesn't Have To Be This Way: A Barrio Story (San Francisco CA: Children's Book, 1999).

Ryan, Pam Muñóz. Esperanza Rising (Jefferson City MO: Scholastic, 2002).

In the Library: Poetry

Durán, Roberto; Judith Ortiz Cofer & Gustavo Pérez Firmat. Triple Crown: Chicano, Puerto Rican & Cuban-American Poetry (Tempe AZ: Bilingual, 1987).

Rodríguez, Luis J. Poems Across the Pavement (Chicago: Tia Chucha, 1989).

Stavans, Ilan (ed.) Wáchale: Poetry & Prose about Growing Up Latino in America (Chicago: Cricket, 2001).

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

Martínez, Elizabeth (ed.) 500 años del pueblo chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (Albuquerque: Southwest Organizing Project, 1991).

Rodríguez, Joseph with essay by Rubén Martínez. East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A. (NY: PowerHouse, 1998).

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Alambrista" [1978], dir. Robert M. Young, 110m. From Du Art Video.

"Bread & Roses" [2001], dir. Ken Loach, ?m. In video stores. Struggle for a Latino janitors' union in Los Angeles..

"...and the Earth did not Swallow Him" [1997], dir. Severo Pérez, 99m. From Kino International.

"The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" [1984], dir. Robert M. Young, 105m. In video stores.

"Bracero Program: Sad Recollections (Programa bracero: triste recuerdo)" [2002], dir. Jorge Luis Vázquez, 26m. From Latin American Video Archives.

"Chulas Fronteras" [1976], dir. Les Blank, 58m. From Madera Cinevideo.

"Crosses (Cruces)" [2002], dir. Laura I. Arvizu, 18m. From Latin American Video Archives. Border crossing much more dangerous since inauguration of Operation Gatekeeper in 1995.

"Crossroads: Boyle Heights" [2002], by John Esaki, 28m. From Japanese American National Museum.

"Farmingville" [2004], dir. Carlos Sandoval & Catherine Tambini, 79m. Attempted hate murder of two Mexican day-laborers in Farmingdale, NY reveals new locale for "border wars" occasioned by failed immigration policies.

"La Bamba" [1987], dir. Luis Valdez, 109m. In video stores.

"The Golden Cage" [1990], dir. Susan Ferriss, 29m. From Filmakers' Library. Two Mexican farmworker families in CA, one documented & one not, speak of hope for a better life.

"The Lemon Grove Incident" [2002], dir. Russ Carpenter, 58m. Segregation of Mexicans in Southern California during the 30s.

"The Milagro Beanfield War" [1988], dir. Robert Redford, 118m. In video stores.

"The Milagro of Boyle Heights" [2001], dir. Michael Escher, 30m.

"My Family" [1995], dir. Gregory Nava, 128m. In video stores. Wide-ranging story of three generations in an LA family's life.

"Nuestra Comunidad: Latinos in North Carolina" [2001], dir. Penny Simpson & Joanne Hershfield, 59m. From Latin American Video Archives.

"OT: Our Town" [2003], dir. Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 77m. Documentary on production of Thornton Wilder's play by Chicano youth at Dominguez H.S. in Compton, CA.

"Real Women Have Curves" [2002], dir. Patricia Cardoso, 90m. In video stores. Real LA textile workers take chances, have flaws, embrace life.

"Salt of the Earth" [1954], dir. Herbert J. Biberman, 94m. In video stores. Mexican American women take lead in strike at New Mexico's Empire Zinc mine.

"Selena" [1997], dir. Gregory Nava, 127m. In video stores.

"Spanglish" [2004], dir. James L. Brooks, 130m. In video stores.

"Spy Kids" [200?], dir. Roberto Rodríguez, ?m. In video stores.

"The Trail North" [1983], dir. Thomas Karlo, 20m. From Cinema Guild. Anthropologist Robert Alvarez & his 10-year old son recreate ancestors' journey north from Mexico .

"Voices from the Fields" [1997], dir. U. Nilsen & S. Jaramillo, 45m. From Cinema Guild. Follows farmworkers from CA's Salinas Valley back to homes in rural Mexico, where life is hard because of NAFTA & globalization of agriculture. Efforts to develop sustainable agricultural model based on people, not profits.

"Zoot Suit" [1991], dir. Luis Valdez, 104m. In video stores.

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