This master class for upper level Gymnasium students will analyze the goals, successes and failures of the Chicano movement.

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Master Class for Students / Free admission / Please register at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de

Chicanos are US-Americans of mostly Mexican descent. The Chicano Movement, or El Movimiento, arose in the United States in the 1960s. Unsurprisingly, it focused in the border states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, but there were Chicano communities in Chicago, and New York as well. The movement was broad based, it included rural farm workers, young people in urban barrios, and students in high schools and colleges.


Inspired by the African American civil rights movement in the 1960s, Chicanos also fought for their political rights, their identity, they fought against discrimination and racism. Their activism was very diverse. Some groups called for autonomy or even an independent state within the United States, others used musical forms of protest and painted large murals. High school students organized powerful school walkouts, while Chicano farm workers organized successful boycotts of grapes.


This lecture will analyze the goals, successes and failures of this broad movement in the 1960s and today. A couple of songs, images of murals and other symbols of Chicano life will be shown.


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ursula Prutsch, LMU


Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations


Contact: Sarah Martin


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