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By Max Krochmal

This e-book is set the other Texas, no longer the kingdom recognized for its cowboy conservatism, yet a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of group organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. starting within the Thirties, Max Krochmal tells the tale of the decades-long fight for democracy in Texas, whilst African American, Mexican American, and white exertions and group activists steadily got here jointly to empower the state's marginalized minorities. on the poll field and within the streets, those different activists demanded not just integration yet financial justice, hard work rights, and genuine political strength for all. Their efforts gave upward thrust to the Democratic Coalition of the Sixties, a militant, multiracial alliance that might tackle and at last overthrow either Jim Crow and Juan Crow.

Using infrequent archival resources and unique oral heritage interviews, Krochmal unearths the often-overlooked democratic foundations and liberal culture of 1 of our nation's so much conservative states. Blue Texas recollects the various forgotten activists who, by way of crossing racial traces and construction coalitions, democratized their towns and nation to some extent that will were unbelievable only a decade earlier--and it exhibits why their tale nonetheless concerns today.

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