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This digital history project examines the Southern Plains portion of the Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement over time and space through an interactive map and timeline. The project is meant for public and scholarly use. The interactive map and timeline highlight the most important points of the region’s Chicana/o Movement. The geographic points and accompanying images have been found through research in various archives, extensive oral history fieldwork, along with the mining of newspaper and secondary sources. As a digital history project that will continually grow, the interactive map and timeline do not contain all sites of Chicana/o protest or organizing in the Southern Plains. As research on the plains’ Chicana/o Movement matures, this project will also grow. Because of the dearth of archival materials and scholarship on the region’s civil rights movements, some dates are not exact beyond a specific year and month.

Also included is a description of the Southern Plains, a vast region that stretches from central Texas and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands of far west Texas to southeastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas. The Resources section connects visitors to outside oral history, archival, and multimedia projects. This section also includes a bibliography of scholarship on the Chicana/o Movement and another bibliography of works on the Southern Plains’ Chicana/o Movement.       

Items featured throughout the website, including those in the interactive timeline and map, are also available to view with individual item descriptions in the Browse Items page.

Peer-reviewed academic publication:

Taking Chicana/o Activist History to the Public: Chicana/o Activism in the Southern Plains Through Time and Space.” Great Plains Quarterly 38, no. 4 (2018): 407-424.  

Frederick C. Luebke Award for outstanding regional scholarship, given to the best article published in the Great Plains Quarterly in 2018.

Professional blog article: 

Digitally Mapping and Exhibiting the Plains’ Chicana/o Movement.” The Future of the Past (blog). August 30, 2017.

Invited Presentations:

University of Texas Library’s Day of DH, Austin, Texas, October 21, 2020

Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 17, 2019

Texas A&M University-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, September 18, 2019

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, October 21, 2018

Project Constructed by Joel Zapata

Joel Zapata is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University.