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Surname 1 Name Professor Course Date Quest for a Homeland America underwent a turbulent decade in 1960’s marred with conflicts arising from issues of Civil Rights to Vietnam War. The Mexican American Civil Rights Movement is one of the least studied social movements of the 1960’s. The movement encompassed a wide range of issues, from restoration of land grants, better education, to farm worker’s rights, political and voting rights. In what was the first part of the four part Chicano documentary series, Quest for a Homeland, did a superb job documenting the beginnings of the modern Mexican American Civil rights movement. Over the backdrop of rare film footage, the interviews and narration provided an insight into the movement that galvanized Mexican Americans in the Southwest and throughout the United States. Starting with a profile of Reies Lopez Tijerina and his organizing of the Land Grant Movement in New Mexico and moving onto Corky Gonzales’ founding of the Crusade for Justice movement in Denver, which was able to garner more national attention and inspire a broader base of Mexican American support, the film was not overly biased but portrayed a very sympathetic view of the Chicano struggle.

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