Davis, Ruth Emily
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This thesis primarily looks at Mexican immigrants’ and Mexican Americans’ resistance to school segregation in southern California from 1924-1946. Particularly, it examines how these individuals used race to make claims for educational equality. By charting a shift in activists’ rhetorical use of race during these years, it suggests that Mexican Americans’ conceptions of their own racial identities diverged substantially from those of their largely Mexican-born parents. The thesis further suggests that the Chicano Movement’s celebration of a non-white identity perhaps had its roots in the racial conceptions of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement.