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Mexican American Youth Organization: Avant-Garde of the Chicano Movement in Texas
by Armando Navarro
introduction by Mario C. Compean
University of Texas Press, 1995
eISBN: 978-0-292-74320-5 | Cloth: 978-0-292-75556-7 | Paper: 978-0-292-75557-4
Library of Congress Classification F395.M5N39 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 323.352089687208


Among the protest movements of the 1960s, the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) emerged as one of the principal Chicano organizations seeking social change. By the time MAYO evolved into the Raza Unida Party (RUP) in 1972, its influence had spread far beyond its Crystal City, Texas, origins. Its members precipitated some thirty-nine school walkouts, demonstrated against the Vietnam War, and confronted church and governmental bodies on numerous occasions.

Armando Navarro here offers the first comprehensive assessment of MAYO's history, politics, leadership, ideology, strategies and tactics, and activist program. Interviews with many MAYO and RUP organizers and members, as well as first-hand knowledge drawn from his own participation in meetings, presentations, and rallies, enrich the text.

This wealth of material yields the first reliable history of this extremely vocal and visible catalyst of the Chicano Movement. The book will add significantly to our understanding of Sixties protest movements and the social and political conditions that gave them birth.

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