Photo Galleries: A "Slideshow" of Legendary Photographer Russell Lee's Photos of Mexican American life in the Southwest in the Late 1940s
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Centered on the 1954 case of Hernandez v. Texas, this entry in the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series chronicles the fight by Mexican-Americans to gain equal rights in the United States. A CLASS APART introduces key figures in the Latino civil rights movement, and includes bonus photographs by Russell Lee that depict the Mexican-American communities in the Southwest.
Description by PBS Video:
In the tiny town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, a field hand named Pete Hernandez murdered his employer after exchanging words in a gritty cantina. From this unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. A Class Apart tells the little-known story of a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican-Americans.
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