Sample History Coursework Paper on Chicano Movement

Instructions: Read the article posted in the Exams tab on Blackboard by historian, Armando Navarro, entitled, “The Post Mortem Politics of the Chicano Movement: 1975-1996.” The article was published in 1997, and Navarro has a few things to say about the future of Mexicano/Latino politics – it’s past, it’s present (at the time), and a future forecast. He also adeptly and thoroughly describes the reasons leading to the decline of the Chicano movement and protest activism and the rise of individualistic accomodationist politics.

• Based on what you’ve learned and what he says about the movement overall, describe and analyze that declination process and offer observations on the status of today’s political sphere in relation to Navarro’s predictions. Does it hold up, was he right? What does he mean by the “Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome”? Define and explain.

o Make sure to mention the various political climates and attitudes he describes, such as the “scapegoating” period, the “Viva Yo” mindset, and the activism versus politician approach to activism and power.

Your response should be at least 500 words and no more than 750. Use the standard format: Word Doc, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, etc.