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Last Name 1 Your Name Professor’s Name Course What is the significance of “A Class Apart?” In what ways did the victory in Hernandez v. Texas benefit Mexican Americans? A Class Apart is a documentary by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller following the ruling of Hernandez; a Mexican American sued for murder. It is a film that brings to life the heroic post-World War II civil rights movement against Jim Crow-style segregation experienced by the Hispanics. Based on the landmark 1951 case lawsuit, it shows a band of Mexican litigators from Texas bringing a case to the Supreme Court and winning it. The film opens with a gunshot murder in a small-town cantina and follows the legal process of Hernandez lawyers through the Texas courts, and finally to the United States Supreme Court (Ayala). The lawyers are shown formulating a daring legal plan that called their racial identities into question by positing that Mexican Americans were treated as “a class apart” that could not fit into a legal structure that recognized only the whites and blacks.

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