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Mexican Americans and the Law �El Pueblo Unido Jam�s Ser� Vencido!

ISBN-10: 0816522790
ISBN-13: 9780816522798
Edition: 2004
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 197
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

The experience of Mexican Americansin the United States has been marked by oppression at the hands of the legal system--but it has also benefited from successful appeals to the same system. Mexican Americans and the Law illustrates how Mexican Americans have played crucial roles in mounting legal challenges regarding issues that directly affect their political, educational, and socioeconomic status.Each chapter highlights historical contexts, relevant laws, and policy concerns for a specific issue and features abridged versions of significant state and federal cases involving Mexican Americans. Beginning withPeople v. Zammora(1940), the trial that was a precursor to the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles during World War II, the authors lead students through some of the most important and precedent-setting cases in American law: Educational equality: from segregation concerns inMéndez v. Westminster(1946) to unequal funding inSan Antonio Independent School District vs. Rodríguez(1973) Gender issues: reproductive rights inMadrigal v. Quilligan(1981), workplace discrimination inEEOC v. Hacienda Hotel(1989), sexual violence inAguirre-Cervantes v. INS(2001) Language rights:Ýñiguez v. Arizonans for Official English(1995),García v. Gloor(1980),Serna v. Portales Municipal Schools(1974) Immigration-: search and seizure questions inU.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce(1975) andU.S. v. Martínez-Fuerte(1976); public benefits issues inPlyler v. Doe(1982) andLeague of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson(1997) Voting rights: redistricting inWhite v. Regester(1973) andBush v. Vera(1996) Affirmative action:Hopwood v. State of Texas(1996) andCoalition for Economic Equity v. Wilson(1997) Criminal justice issues: equal protection inHernández v. Texas(1954); jury service inHernández v. New York(1991); self incrimination inMiranda v. Arizona(1966); access to legal counsel inEscobedo v. Illinois(1964)With coverage as timely as the 2003 Supreme Court decision on affirmative action,Mexican Americans and the Lawoffers invaluable insight into legal issues that have impacted Mexican Americans, other Latinos, other racial minorities, and all Americans. Discussion questions, suggested readings, and Internet sources help students better comprehend the intricacies of law.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Overview of the U.S. Court System
Structure of this Book
List of Acronyms
Mexican Americans and the Law
Brief History of Mexican Americans and the Law
People v. Zammora (Sleepy Lagoon, 1944)
Securing the Rights of Mexican Americans
The Legal Construction of Mexican American Identity
Hernandez v. Texas (1954)
Other Legal Protections
Theme of the Book
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
Educational Equality
Segregation
Mendez v. Westminister School District of Orange County (1946)
Unequal Funding
San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973)
Other Educational Challenges
Concluding Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
Gender and the Law
Reproductive Rights
Madrigal v. Quilligan (1981)
Sexual Harassment and Other Workplace Discrimination
EEOC v. Hacienda Hotel (1989)
Violence, Gender, and Sexual Identity
Aguirre-Cervantes v. INS (2001)
Concluding Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
Law and Language
Early History of Language in the United States
Language as a Civil Rights Issue
Yniguez v. Arizonans for Official English (1995)
Language in the Workplace
Garcia v. Gloor (1980)
Bilingual Education
Serna v. Portales Municipal Schools (1974)
Recent Challenges
Concluding Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
Immigration
Securing the U.S.-Mexico Border
U.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce (1975)
U.S. v. Martinez-Fuerte (1976)
The Challenge of Public Benefits
Plyler v. Doe (1982)
League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson (1997)
Other Important Developments
Concluding Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
Voting Rights
Voting Rights Litigation
Reapportionment and Redistricting
White v. Regester (1973)
Redistricting after White
Bush v. Vera (1996)
Combining Forces with African Americans
The Unrealized Hope of Statistical Sampling
Concluding Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
Affirmative Action
Brief History of Affirmative Action
Legal Standards for Reviewing Affirmative Action Programs
Affirmative Action in Institutions of Higher Learning
Hopwood v. State of Texas (1996)
State Initiatives
Coalition for Economic Equity v. Wilson (1997)
Concluding Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
The Criminal Justice System
Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection and Jury Exclusion
Hernandez v. Texas (1954)
Hernandez v. New York (1991)
Voluntary Confessions and the Fifth Amendment Right against Self-Incrimination
Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
Sixth Amendment Right to Legal Counsel
Escobedo v. Illinois (1964)
Concluding Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Notes
Glossary
List of Websites
Figure Credits
Index

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