Friday, June 22, 2007

McWilliams and Orange County's Secret History

Gustavo Arellano has a piece in the Los Angeles Times on Orange County's amnesia when it comes to its Latino past. That includes the Mendez v. Westminster decision that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education. As Gustavo notes, McWilliams wrote the counter-history that fills in many of these gaps.

Here's the link:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-arellano21jun21,1,830485.story?coll=la-news-comment

Fanatical readers of this blog will recall that Gustavo interviewed me for a piece on the citrus strike of 1936 and McWilliams's role in it. He also has a book out, doing well last time I checked, called Ask a Mexican! (For purposes of accuracy, insert an upside down exclamation mark before Ask.) It's based on his column in the OC Weekly. I haven't seen it, but I've read some excerpts and heard him on NPR--sounds funny and edifying.

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