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Written work by Cecilia Sánchez Hill
In these three short essays (intro to essays), Cecilia Sánchez Hill discusses the Mexican American activism taking place in Fort Worth during the 1960s and 1970s. She focuses on the struggles between the differences in activist’s strategies in “Division,” the War on Poverty efforts in “The Establishment of the Greater Tarrant County Community Action Agency,” and the efforts of a group of Mexican American parents to gain equitable opportunities for their children in education in ” Rufino Mendoza and the Mexican American Educational Advisory Council.”
Written work by Dr. Peter Martínez
Both articles, “Helping and Hurting the Poor” and “Colonia Mexicana,” focus primarily on a barrio called La Corte, which was generally referred to as “Little Mexico” by much of Fort Worth’s population in the 1920s and 1930s. The first article, “Helping and Hurting the Poor,” was written in 2008 and was awarded the George Wolfskill Award for Best Graduate Paper as part of the 2009 Barksdale Essays in History competition. This research was primarily built upon Fort Worth Housing Authority archived documents, City Directory information, and newspaper clippings. The second article, “Colonia Mexicana,” was published in the Spring, 2019 edition of The Journal of South Texas. This essay builds upon the first but adds more specific and detailed information that was obtained through reports and theses from the Fort Worth Independent School District’s archives and various sociology theses that were published in the late 1930s and early 1940s (mostly by Texas Christian University graduate students). The process of removing the community is explored in greater depth in the latter essay.