Chicano Power tells the whole story of America's second largest disadvantaged minority, the Mexican Americans. Tony Castro's own Mexican-American heritage helps him get an inside view of the Chicano movement, as he traces his people's progress of disappointment, accommodation, and radicalism, concentrating particularly on the last decade. In this first thorough survey of the movement, Castro shows how the Mexican Americans finally turned against the miserable housing, meager job opportunities and inadequate schools that have been their lot in this country and launched one of the most noticeable and most successful movements of the 1960s.
For all their talented leaders, the Chicanos, like the black movement of its time, have come to a period of regrouping their forces. The radical nationalists find their support tapering off, and many Mexican Americans have entered what Castro calls Brown Middle America. The Chicanos themselves disagreed on their role in American society and the routes they should follow to achieve their goals. Whatever the future holds for the movement, Chicano Power provides a reasoned, committed record of Mexican America's past and present.