|The Last Chicano is a true story of alienation, family heroes, social defiance, radical politics and fate, told through real life experiences, from San Bernardino’s Mexican barrio to the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, ending with the discovery of family ties to the Mexican Revolution.
The story begins with the colorful history of San Bernardino, California in the 1940s, as the Delgado family struggles to achieve the American Dream: the story of Delgado’s uncles, Zoot Suit wearing Pachucos and professional boxers, who were his first heroes; of life as a Vato Loco, narrowly avoiding state prison at the age of 17; of a life threatening disability that affords him the opportunity to attend the University of California, Berkeley.
|At Berkeley, he joins the Mexican American Student Confederation and becomes
a leader of the Third World Liberation Front strike for Ethnic Studies, the longest, most violent student strike in California history. But the passions of the 1960s
subside and, disillusioned, he moves to Los Angeles where he lives a life of
dissolution. Twelve years later he returns to academia as a Chicano polemicist,
this time in Teacher Education and teaching Political Science. The story ends with a trip to Zacatecas, Mexico where Delgado discovers that his father’s family
played key roles in implementing the new socialist Constitution of 1917, serving as Mayors, Governors, labor leaders and State Senators.
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… an uncompromising book about his life and the forces that forged his identity as a Pachuco, a student leader, educator and most of all, a survivor…. At a time when cultural pride and devotion to community have lost their meaning, “The Last Chicano” remains an inspiration.
_AGUSTIN GURZA, writer, columnist and critic
"From street gangs in the barrios to radical strikes on campus and the arduous aftermath, The Last Chicano is a vivid and valuable first-hand account of the Chicano experience and the search for identity in America"
_Seth Rosenfeld, San Francisco Chronicle
…the unique and individual quest of a Chicano for self-definition that takes him from barrio streets and gangs to a leadership role during the Chicano student movement at U.C. Berkeley…. The Last Chicano is an epic song, a corrido, telling the small and great deeds of the enduring Chicano Spirit.
_Lucha Corpi, Author of Eulogy for a Brown Angel
…Readers get to look at the dynamics within the Mexican American Student Confederation (MASC) that fought tooth and nail for long denied rights of Chicanos in the University of California system; …
_Harvey Dong, PhD, Ethnic Studies Dept., UC Berkeley
…filled with gripping stories and hard-won wisdom that one can only gain from a turbulent lifetime. …a classic for those who are curious about the history of San Bernardino, fascinated by the wildest times in the history of UC Berkeley, and interested in the history of Mexican Americans in the United States.
_John Anthony Adams PhD, Author, Historian San Bernardino
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