Blue Texas traces the rise of interracial, cross-class activism in Texas between the 1930s and 1960s. In these decades Mexican American, African American, and white residents seeking to push the state in a more progressive direction organized around a broad range of issues, including civil rights, labor rights, and electoral reform. Initially forming organizations and building movements within their own communities, these activists eventually forged alliances with each other that promised to enhance their ability to achieve their respective goals. Many Mexican American and African American civil rights activists viewed the struggles for racial equality and economic justice as connected, making them as likely to participate in labor strikes and campaigns to raise the minimum wage as in direct action and marches aimed at ending segregation. Although white liberals and labor unions were sometimes reluctant to embrace racial equality, they ultimately...

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