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A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights: FDR and the Controversy Over "Whiteness" (Hardcover)

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In 1935 a federal court judge handed down a ruling that could have been disastrous for Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinos in the United States. However, in an unprecedented move, the Roosevelt administration wielded the power of "...

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In 1935 a federal court judge handed down a ruling that could have been disastrous for Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinos in the United States. However, in an unprecedented move, the Roosevelt administration wielded the power of "administrative law" to neutralize the decision and thereby dealt a severe blow to the nativist movement. A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights recounts this important but little-known story.

To the dismay of some nativist groups, the Immigration Act of 1924, which limited the number of immigrants who could be admitted annually, did not apply to immigrants from Latin America. In response to nativist legal maneuverings, the 1935 decision said that the act could be applied to Mexican immigrants. That decision, which ruled that the Mexican petitioners were not "free white person[s]," might have paved the road to segregation for all Latinos.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, had worked to sensitize the Roosevelt administration to the tenuous position of Latinos in the United States. Advised by LULAC, the Mexican government, and the US State Department, the administration used its authority under administrative law to have all Mexican immigrants--and Mexican Americans--classified as "white." It implemented the policy when the federal judiciary "acquiesced" to the New Deal, which in effect prevented further rulings.

In recounting this story, complete with colorful characters and unlikely bedfellows, Patrick Lukens adds a significant chapter to the racial history of the United States.

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Patrick Lukens is a native of the Southwest. Since earning his PhD in history from Arizona State University, he has served as a policy analyst for the Arizona Board of Regents and is currently an independent scholar and a faculty member in the Arizona community college system.

ISBN 9780816529025
Author Lukens, Patrick D.
Genre HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Format Hardcover
Pages 233
Publisher Date 2012-01-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Arizona Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 1.05 lb
Language English
Subtitle FDR and the Controversy Over "Whiteness"
Audience College/higher education

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