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Review: Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality by David G. García

Review: Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality by... 516 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA QUARTERLY STRATEGIES OF SEGREGATION: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality. By David G. Garc´ıa. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018, 296 pp. $29.95, paper). Reviewed by Zevi Gutfreund. This is not the first history of the segregated schooling systems that Mexican Americans faced in the American Southwest. However, in focusing this community study of public schools in Oxnard, California, from 1908 to 1974, David G. Garc´ıa examines how school segregation shaped the educational experiences of Mexican Americans in this rural town sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles. By conducting more than sixty oral history interviews, Garcıa gives readers a sense of how Mexican American children felt attending classes that they knew were inferior to the classes offered to white students. His thorough research of school board minutes and legal depositions reveals the different methods that city officials used to create segregated schools in the first place. This evidence raises new questions about what racial segregation looked like in local communities outside of the Jim Crow South. As the title suggests, there were four strategies of segregation employed by the Oxnard school board, to whom Garc´ıa refers as the “White architects of Mexican American education” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern California Quarterly University of California Press

Review: Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality by David G. García

Southern California Quarterly , Volume 100 (4): 3 – Nov 1, 2018

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University of California Press
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© 2018 by The Historical Society of Southern California
ISSN
0038-3929
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2162-8637
DOI
10.1525/scq.2018.100.4.516
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516 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA QUARTERLY STRATEGIES OF SEGREGATION: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality. By David G. Garc´ıa. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018, 296 pp. $29.95, paper). Reviewed by Zevi Gutfreund. This is not the first history of the segregated schooling systems that Mexican Americans faced in the American Southwest. However, in focusing this community study of public schools in Oxnard, California, from 1908 to 1974, David G. Garc´ıa examines how school segregation shaped the educational experiences of Mexican Americans in this rural town sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles. By conducting more than sixty oral history interviews, Garcıa gives readers a sense of how Mexican American children felt attending classes that they knew were inferior to the classes offered to white students. His thorough research of school board minutes and legal depositions reveals the different methods that city officials used to create segregated schools in the first place. This evidence raises new questions about what racial segregation looked like in local communities outside of the Jim Crow South. As the title suggests, there were four strategies of segregation employed by the Oxnard school board, to whom Garc´ıa refers as the “White architects of Mexican American education”

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Southern California QuarterlyUniversity of California Press

Published: Nov 1, 2018

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