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ERIC Number: EJ779096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
Hero Making in El Movimiento: Reies Lopez Tijerina and the Chicano Nationalist Imaginary
Bebout, Lee
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v32 n2 p93-121 Fall 2007
This article explores sites of tension and influence between the New Mexico land grant movement and Chicano nationalism. While these efforts diverged often in terms of aims and strategies, they nonetheless found common ground, shaping arguments and providing support to each other during critical years. Moreover, central to their convergence was a moment of historical confluence. I argue that the infamous June 5, 1967, raid propelled Reies Lopez Tijerina and the Alianza Federal de Mercedes to national attention at a moment when Chicano nationalism was just emerging but had not solidified political, spiritual, or philosophical grounds for unification. By examining popular movement discourse, this article demonstrates how the raid transformed Tijerina into a living embodiment of the revolutionary/bandido trope, how that trope was used to draw these projects together, and ultimately how the image of Tijerina conflicted with the reformist strategies of Tijerina, the man.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico