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Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Chicano books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. From Indians to Chicanos: The Dynamics of Mexican-American Culture (2011)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListAnthropologist-historian James Diego Vigil distills an enormous amount of information to provide a perceptive ethnohistorical introduction to the Mexican-American experience in the United States. He uses brief, clear outlines of each stage of Mexican-American history, charting the culture change sequences in the Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, Mexican Independence and Nationalism, and Anglo-American and Mexicanization periods. In a very understandable fashion, he analyzes events and the underlying conditions that affect them. Readers become fully engaged…
Author(s): James Diego Vigil

2. Chicano Movement For Beginners (2016)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListAs the heyday of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s to early 70s fades further into history and as more and more of its important figures pass on, so too does knowledge of its significance. Thus, Chicano Movement For Beginners is an important attempt to stave off historical amnesia. It seeks to shed light on the multifaceted civil rights struggle known as “El Movimiento” that galvanized the Mexican American community, from laborers to student activists, giving them not only a political voice to combat prejudice and inequality, but also a new sense of cultural…
Author(s): Maceo Montoya, Stavans PhD, Ilan

3. Chicana and Chicano Mental Health: Alma, Mente y Corazón (The Mexican American Experience) (2013)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListSpirit, mind, and heart—in traditional Mexican health beliefs all three are inherent to maintaining psychological balance. For Mexican Americans, who are both the oldest Latina/o group in the United States as well as some of the most recent arrivals, perceptions of health and illness often reflect a dual belief system that has not always been incorporated in mental health treatments.Chicana and Chicano Mental Health offers a model to understand and to address the mental health challenges and service disparities affecting Mexican immigrants and Mexican…
Author(s): Yvette G. Flores

4. The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970-2015 (Aztlan Anthology) (2016)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListLooks at the roots of the culture wars in 1960s America details how conservatives have been faced with undeniable change and examines the partisan nature of American culture today #53,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #935 in Words, Language & Grammar (Books) #28 in Hispanic American Demographic Studies #159 in United States History (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Chon A. Noriega, Eric Avila, et al.

5. Chicana and Chicano Art: ProtestArte (The Mexican American Experience) (2009)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListThis is the first book solely dedicated to the history, development, and present-day flowering of Chicana and Chicano visual arts. It offers readers an opportunity to understand and appreciate Chicana/o art from its beginnings in the 1960s, its relationship to the Chicana/o Movement and its leading artists, themes, current directions, and cultural impacts. Although the word “Chicano” once held negative connotations, students—along with civil rights activists and artists—adopted it in the late 1960s in order to reimagine and redefine what it meant to be Mexican American in the United States. Chicanismo is…
Author(s): Carlos Francisco Jackson

6. Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era (2018)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListWith contributions from a wide array of scholars and activists, including leading Chicana feminists from the period, this groundbreaking anthology is the first collection of scholarly essays and testimonios that focuses on Chicana organizing, activism, and leadership in the movement years. The essays in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activisim and Feminism in the Movement Era demonstrate how Chicanas enacted a new kind of politica at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and developed innovative concepts, tactics, and methodologies that in turn…
Author(s): Dionne Espinoza, María Eugenia Cotera, et al.

7. The Chicano Experience: An Alternative Perspective (2016)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListMirandé offers a detailed examination of Chicano social history and culture that includes studies of: Chicano labor and the economy; the Mexican immigrant and the U.S.-Mexico border conflict; the evolution of Chicano criminality; the American educational system and its impact on Chicano culture; the tensions between the institutional Church and Chicanos; and the myths and misconceptions of “machismo.” #143,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #13 in Hispanic American Literary Criticism #203 in Minority Demographic Studies #89 in Hispanic American…
Author(s): Alfredo Mirandé

8. Chicano Communists and the Struggle for Social Justice (2019)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListIn the 1930s and 1940s the early roots of the Chicano Movement took shape. Activists like Jesús Cruz, and later Ralph Cuarón, sought justice for miserable working conditions and the poor treatment of Mexican Americans and immigrants through protests and sit-ins. Lesser known is the influence that Communism and socialism had on the early roots of the Chicano Movement, a legacy that continues today. Examining the role of Mexican American working-class and radical labor activism in American history, Enrique M. Buelna focuses on the work of the radical Left, particularly the…
Author(s): Enrique M. Buelna

9. Chicano: A Novel (2005)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListA bestseller when it was published in 1970 at the height of the Mexican-American civil rights movement, unfolds the fates and fortunes of the Sandoval family, who flee the chaos and poverty of the Mexican Revolution and begin life anew in the United States. Patriarch Hector Sandoval works the fields and struggles to provide for his family even as he faces discrimination and injustice. Of his children, only Pete Sandoval is able to create a brighter existence, at least for a time. But when Pete’s daughter Mariana falls in love with David, an Anglo student, it sets in motion a clash…
Author(s): Richard Vasquez, Ruben Martinez

10. ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement (Chicana Matters) (2011)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListThe first book-length study of women’s involvement in the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, ¡Chicana Power! tells the powerful story of the emergence of Chicana feminism within student and community-based organizations throughout southern California and the Southwest. As Chicanos engaged in widespread protest in their struggle for social justice, civil rights, and self-determination, women in el movimiento became increasingly militant about the gap between the rhetoric of equality and the organizational culture that suppressed women’s leadership and subjected women to chauvinism, discrimination,…
Author(s): Maylei Blackwell

11. Growing Up Chicana/O: The Joys, Pains, Frustrations & Triumphs of Mexican American Children : 20 Chicana/O Writers (1995)

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate ListA collection of stories by twenty Mexican Americans deal with the issues of growing up Chicano #8,637,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #24912 in Ethnic Demographic Studies #7507 in Minority Demographic Studies #4261 in Hispanic American Demographic Studies Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Tiffany Ana Lopez

Best Chicano Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some chicano books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement in Houston

Author(s): San Miguel, Guadalupe
Publisher: TAMU Press [Imprint], Texas A & M University Press, Year: Oct. 2005, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2388554

Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology

Author(s): Jennifer A Gonzalez; Ondine Chavoya; Chon Noriega; Terezita Romo
Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2019, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2412637

Smart Cities: Second International Conference, Smart-CT 2017, Málaga, Spain, June 14-16, 2017, Proceedings

Author(s): Enrique Alba, Francisco Chicano, Gabriel Luque (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1699767

Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization: 16th European Conference, EvoCOP 2016, Porto, Portugal, March 30 -- April 1, 2016, Proceedings

Author(s): Francisco Chicano, Bin Hu, Pablo García-Sánchez (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1533241

Smart Cities: First International Conference, Smart-CT 2016, Málaga, Spain, June 15-17, 2016, Proceedings

Author(s): Enrique Alba, Francisco Chicano, Gabriel Luque (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1533793

Reclaiming Composition for Chicano/as and Other Ethnic Minorities: A Critical History and Pedagogy

Author(s): Iris D. Ruiz
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582647

Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement

Author(s): Jacqueline M. Hidalgo
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582939

Chicano Nations: The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature

Author(s): Marissa K. López
Publisher: New York University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2386005

Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization: 15th European Conference, EvoCOP 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 8-10, 2015, Proceedings

Author(s): Gabriela Ochoa, Francisco Chicano (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1323632

Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature

Author(s): John Alba Cutler
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1371648

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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