384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 30 hts, appends., notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1898-2
Published: August 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7791-3
Published: March 2011
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This fascinating testimonio, or oral history, transcribed and presented in Castro's voice by historian Mario T. García, is a compelling, highly readable narrative of a young boy growing up in Los Angeles who made history by his leadership in the blowouts and in his career as a dedicated and committed teacher. Blowout! fills a major void in the history of the civil rights and Chicano movements of the 1960s, particularly the struggle for educational justice.
About the Authors
Mario T. Garcia is professor of Chicana/o studies and adjunct professor in history and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
For more information about Mario T. García, visit the Author Page.
Sal Castro (1933-2013) was an American educator and activist.
For more information about Sal Castro, visit the Author Page.
“A worthy learning experience. Solidly researched, with extensive notes, photographs, and a valuable appendix of Chicano historiography. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.”--Choice
"The book fills an important place in the history of the Chicano movement."--The Latin American Review of Books
"This book is an important contribution to Chicano history and the field of American education."--The El Paso Times
"This book is a significant contribution to the literature of the Chicano/a movement."--Journal of American History
“A compelling story of individual courage and commitment personified by Sal Castro. . . . A masterful and inspirational life story that is brilliantly contextualized by the larger Chicano Movement.”--Journal of American Studies
“An excellent read for casual readers as well as serious students of the Chicano experience, education, the history of the 1960s, leadership development, and California history. It will make an excellent choice for undergraduate classroom use and reading lists.”--Western Historical Quarterly