El movimiento and Vietnam : the causes and consequences of Chicano protest of the Vietnam War.
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Lopez, Carlos Roberto, 1981-
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The Chicano Movement, a radical offshoot of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement, came forth upon the national scene during the turbulent 1960s. After a promising start, the movement fizzled, and by the middle of the 1970s was finished. One of the main reasons for the decline of the Chicano Movement was its opposition to the Vietnam War. This thesis looks at the rise and fall of the Chicano Movement and how the Vietnam War played a part in that demise. First, the paper looks at the historic plight of Mexican-Americans, particularly in Texas. Next, the thesis documents the rise of the Chicano Movement and the movement's reasons for protesting the Vietnam War, followed by how the opposition to the Vietnam War caused a backlash against the Chicano movement—both by the Anglo majority and within the Mexican-American community. Finally, the thesis documents the consequences of the Chicano Movement's anti-war stance.