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Neil Foley
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2008 – 8/31/2009

Black and Latino Civil Rights Strategies in World War II Texas and the Southwest, 1940-1965

This book-length study will examine the complicated relationship between African Americans and Latinos (mostly Mexican Americans) in Texas and other states of the Southwest from World War II to 1965, when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration Act (ending quotas based on national origin) and a year after it ended the Bracero "guest worker" program (1942-64) with Mexico. The analysis centers on the various strategies--legal, labor, and political--of ethnic Mexicans and blacks to desegregate schools, gain voting rights, and end discrimination in employment and jury selection within the context of World War II, the Cold War, national civil rights struggles, Mexican and African American civil rights organizations, the U.S Good Neighbor Policy, labor struggles, and ongoing immigration. (Edited by staff)