The Tejano Diaspora

The Tejano Diaspora, is a book written by historian Marc S. Rodriguez detailing the life and politics of Tejano migrant farmworker activists in Texas and Wisconsin. The Tejano Diaspora sent nearly 250,000 Mexican American farmworkers north to the Great Lakes and west to California, and in the 1960s built a civil rights, labor union, and social rights movement based on the politics of Mexican Americanism.
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The Tejano Diaspora won the 2012 National Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies, Texas FOCO Nonfiction Book Award.
This important, tightly woven book addresses Tejano (Mexican Americans in Texas) dispersal across the United States and this diaspora’s impact on migrants’ politics as workers, activists, and citizens…..Rodriguez’s book has national implications for U.S. civil rights history. The links between the Midwest and Chicano activism are now clear.
PROF. CYNTHIA E. OROZCO, Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso (in American Historical Review 12/2011) 
Prof. Marc Rodriguez’s The Tejano Diaspora makes an enormously important contribution to historians’ understandings of the widening Mexican-American community and its reshaping of American politics. Based upon creative archival research and remarkable oral testimony, Rodriguez’s book makes possible a new understanding of one of the 20th-centuries great diasporas and its long-run significance.
Josef Barton, Professor of History, Northwestern University, and author of Peasants and Strangers: Italians, Rumanians, and Slovaks in an American City, 1890-1950 (Harvard studies in urban history)
The Tejano Diaspora is a first-rate piece of civil rights history. It is among the best works on the experiences of the Mexican Americans of South Texas and the Midwest in the postwar civil rights era.
Zaragosa Vargas, Professor of History, University of North Carolina, and author of Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton University Press).
No extant work portrays and documents the links between the migrant phenomenon and political activism in Texas and the Midwest so thoroughly as The Tejano Diaspora. This original and important story is one of the finest scholarly studies to date of the Chicano movement.
Dionicio Valdés, Professor of History, Michigan State University and author of Organized Agriculture and the Labor Movement before the UFW: Puerto Rico, Hawaii, California (University of Texas Press).

Each spring during the 1960s and 1970s, a quarter million farm workers left Texas to travel across the nation, from the Midwest to California, to harvest America’s agricultural products. During this migration of people, labor, and ideas, Tejanos established settlements in nearly all the places they traveled to for work, influencing concepts of Mexican Americanism in Texas, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, and elsewhere. In The Tejano Diaspora, Marc Simon Rodriguez examines how Chicano political and social movements developed at both ends of the migratory labor network that flowed between Crystal City, Texas, and Wisconsin during this period.