A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights: FDR And The Controversy Over ""Whiteness (Paperback)
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A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights: FDR And The Controversy Over ""Whiteness (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 30/03/2018
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Description: 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 neutralise 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 manoeuvrings, 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 sensitise 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 colourful characters and unlikely bedfellows, Patrick D. Lukens adds a significant chapter to the racial history of the United States.

Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816537280
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a sophisticated historical treatment of an important subject, and as such, [it] is deserving of our attention."--Journal of Arizona History

"By focusing on Andrade's remarkable, yet widely overlooked case, Lukens sheds light on the intersection of citizenship, race, and rights in the United States in the early twentieth century."--Journal of American Ethnic History

"Lukens's book constitutes the first full-length treatment of this case and its fascinating backstory."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"By reminding scholars about the Andrade case, this book enriches the literature on the FDR administration, Latinos, and legal and policy history during the 1930s. It also adds to recent studies that have enriched historians' understanding of how US-Mexico relations helped shape domestic civil rights and immigration policies as far back as the 1930s. Finally, it contributes to a rich body of literature on the fluid nature of race, specifically helping reveal the relationship between politics and the making and unmaking of racial identities and categories."--Journal of American Studies

"No one yet has provided this kind of insight on the process that occurred before Mexicans were finally considered white by every agency of the government."--Ignacio M. Garc a, author of White But Not Equal: Mexican Americans, Jury Discrimination, and the Supreme Court

"Lukens has identified a topic that is extremely worthy of study. He has uncovered very interesting and previously unknown elements of this story [and] his account of the Andrade decision is engrossing."--Cybelle Fox, University of California, Berkeley

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