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Mendez volume Westminster : school desegregation and Mexican-American rights / Philippa Strum.

By: Strum, Philippa.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Landmark law cases & American society: Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, [2010]Copyright date: ©2010Description: xiii, 186 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0700617191 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780700617197 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0700617183 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780700617180 (cloth : alk. paper).Other title: Mendez versus Westminster.Subject(s): Méndez, Gonzalo | Westminster School District (Orange County, Calif.) | Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- United States | Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- United States | Mexican Americans -- Education -- United States | Mexican Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States | Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- California -- Orange County | Mexican Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- California -- Orange CountyDDC classification: 344.73/07980264
Contents:
Mexican-Americans in California -- From Lemon Grove to the zoot suit riots -- The parents decide to sue -- Race, ethnicity, and trial strategies -- The trial begins -- "We always tell our children they are Americans" -- The experts testify -- Judge McCormick decides -- From the Court of Appeals to the state legislature.
Summary: "Gives a full account of the legal issues and legacy of the landmark law case, which was the first case in which segregation in education was successfully challenged. By the author of Women in the Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights."--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-180) and index.

Mexican-Americans in California -- From Lemon Grove to the zoot suit riots -- The parents decide to sue -- Race, ethnicity, and trial strategies -- The trial begins -- "We always tell our children they are Americans" -- The experts testify -- Judge McCormick decides -- From the Court of Appeals to the state legislature.

"Gives a full account of the legal issues and legacy of the landmark law case, which was the first case in which segregation in education was successfully challenged. By the author of Women in the Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights."--Provided by publisher.

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In her description of Mendez v. Westminster, Strum shows the relationship between the 1947 case and Brown v. Board almost a decade later. As Strum explains, the Mendez case did not turn on questions of racial segregation. Following reasonable legal reasoning, the lawyer for the Mexican American parents, David Marcus, contended that the children were white and that the officials in the Westminster, California, School District segregated them because of irrelevant ethnic or linguistic differences. Marcus and the parents won at the federal district level and at the US District Court of Appeals. The school officials did not pursue the case to the US Supreme Court. Strum shows how Thurgood Marshall used many legal arguments from Mendez even though the NAACP contentions differed. To make the book readable, Sturm offers a bibliographic essay describing related sources instead of citations. Readers interested in a similar but less successful effort might consult San Antonio v. Rodriguez and the Pursuit of Equal Education, by Paul Sracic (2006). Descriptions of broader issues appear in Ian Haney Lopez's Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice (CH, Oct'03, 41-1252). Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. J. Watras University of Dayton

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Philippa Strum is Resident Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and author of Women in the Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights and When the Nazis Came to Skokie: Freedom for Speech We Hate, among others.

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