George I. Sánchez

The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration

Carlos Kevin Blanton

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January 27, 2015
400 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
22 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300190328
Cloth

George I. Sánchez was a reformer, activist, and intellectual, and one of the most influential members of the "Mexican American Generation" (1930–1960). A professor of education at the University of Texas from the beginning of World War II until the early 1970s, Sánchez was an outspoken proponent of integration and assimilation. He spent his life combating racial prejudice while working with such organizations as the ACLU and LULAC in the fight to improve educational and political opportunities for Mexican Americans. Yet his fervor was not always appreciated by those for whom he advocated, and some of his more unpopular stands made him a polarizing figure within the Latino community.

Carlos Blanton has published the first biography of this complex man of notable contradictions. The author honors Sánchez’s efforts, hitherto mostly unrecognized, in the struggle for equal opportunity, while not shying away from his subject’s personal faults and foibles. The result is a long-overdue portrait of a towering figure in mid-twentieth-century America and the all-important cause to which he dedicated his life: Mexican American integration.
Carlos Kevin Blanton is associate professor of history at Texas A&M University.

“Nobody has written a biography or sustained study of Sánchez or treated the struggles with which he was involved with the depth and sophistication that Blanton promises.”—Ben Johnson, Southern Methodist University

“This book will help broaden our understanding of American civil rights history and the role and contributions of Mexican Americans to that history.”—Mario Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Carlos Blanton’s study of George I. Sánchez is a triumph. He has filled out a portrait of this remarkable man with a careful hand, showing us the courageous, pugnacious, irritating, brilliant man that Sánchez was.”—Michael A. Olivas, author of In Defense of My People

“Professor Carlos K. Blanton has produced the definitive work on the quintessential activist scholar, the indefatigable George I. Sánchez. Biographical scholarship at its best—superbly researched, masterfully organized, and captivatingly written.”—Richard Valencia, University of Texas at Austin

“[A] sympathetic biography. . . . Blanton has done well to place this important figure at the center of Chicana/o and U.S. history.”—Shana Bernstein, Western Historical Quarterly

“A biography that closes a longstanding omission in the historiography of the American West”—Rueben Flores, American Historical Review 

“Carlos Kevin Blanton has written an excellent, thorough life story of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and misunderstood Mexican American scholars, educators, and activists.”—Jaime R. Aguila, Journal of American History

“Blanton gives us a rich, complex, and nuanced story of Sánchez’s life; yet the life and its description have an accessibility that attracts many . . . not directly involved in the struggles, scholarly and political, that characterized Sánchez’s experience.”—Wayne J. Urban, History of Education Quarterly

Winner of the 2015 National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies for an outstanding new book in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
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