Fighting Their Own Battles
Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas
By Brian D. Behnken
368 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 26 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1895-1
Published: August 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7787-6
Published: May 2011
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Awards & distinctions
Julia Ideson Award, Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Behnken further demonstrates that prejudices on both sides undermined the potential for a united civil rights campaign. Coalition building and cooperative civil rights efforts foundered on the rocks of perceived difference, competition, distrust, and, oftentimes, outright racism. Behnken's in-depth study reveals the major issues of contention for the two groups, their different strategies to win rights, and significant thematic developments within the two civil rights struggles. By comparing the histories of these movements in one of the few states in the nation to witness two civil rights movements, Behnken bridges the fields of Mexican American and African American history, revealing the myriad causes that ultimately led these groups to "fight their own battles."
About the Author
Brian D. Behnken is associate professor in the department of history and the U.S. Latino/a studies program at Iowa State University.
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“An important resource to include in a variety of course teaching materials, especially courses touching upon the topic of the history of civil rights activism. The book also serves as a useful guide for learning more about the sociology of social movements.”--Ethnic and Racial Studies
“A much needed monograph on the history of the African American and Mexican American Civil Rights movements in Texas.”--Southwestern Historical Quarterly
“Behnken has produced a valuable and challenging comparative study, essential reading for the post- World War II civil right movement, southern and western history, and whiteness studies.”--Southern Spaces
“Well written, soundly researched, and persuasively argued, Behnken’s study is a welcome addition to the history of civil rights in Texas.”--American Historical Review
“An excellent contribution to the literature on civil rights. . . . It contains many fascinating details regarding the civil rights struggles of both groups.”--Journal of American History
“Behnken has immersed himself in two vast historiographies; his book will be central to studies of black-brown relations for years to come.”--Journal of Southern History