"A Rainbow of Razas": An Analysis of the Chicano Identity through Writings

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2022-04-14

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The Civil Rights movements of the mid 20th century saw a rise of nationalism within minority communities. These nationalist movements were a response to the marginalization and oppression which plagued minority communities; and a refusal of the mainstream assimilationist policies of the United States. Within these nationalist movements came about Chicanismo and the birth of the Chicano movement, one which sought to declare a separate Mexican race to stand in solidarity with other oppressed groups. Even with the formation of this new identity, there were differences in how a United Chicano race should come about. For this project, a survey was conducted of several letters written between 1973-78, and an analysis of these letters was performed. These letters allow current day readers to catch a glimpse of what writers thought of a Chicano identity and what these letters reveal about their cause.

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