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Scholarly and popular discussions of black/brown relations often posit that African Americans and Latinos/as in the civil rights era were either natural allies or inveterate enemies. Moreover, scholars and activists tend to assume a degree of unity among either African Americans or, separately, Mexican Americans in the age of Jim Crow and Juan Crow that never actually existed on the ground.
Moving beyond the poles of either conflict or cooperation and exploding simplistic notions of the black and brown “communities,” Krochmal will draw on his award-winning book, Blue Texas, to show how diverse grassroots activists in the Lone Star State gradually built a militant multiracial coalition for civil rights, economic justice, and real political power. His work reveals that intra-racial strife frequently led organizers of all colors to forge inter-racial alliances and that the partnerships they forged served as their secret weapon in the struggle for democracy in Texas.
Max Krochmal, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and founding Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.