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Strategies of Segregation

Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality (American Crossroads #47)

David G. García


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Strategies of Segregation unearths the ideological and structural architecture of enduring racial inequality within and beyond schools in Oxnard, California. In this meticulously researched narrative spanning 1903 to 1974, David G. García excavates an extensive array of archival sources to expose a separate and unequal school system and its purposeful links with racially restrictive housing covenants. He recovers powerful oral accounts of Mexican Americans and African Americans who endured disparate treatment and protested discrimination. His analysis is skillfully woven into a compelling narrative that culminates in an examination of one of the nation’s first desegregation cases filed jointly by Mexican American and Black plaintiffs. This transdisciplinary history advances our understanding of racism and community resistance across time and place.


Praise For Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality (American Crossroads #47)

"Wherever this historiography [of education] moves next, scholars will do well to engage with the work of García."
— History of Education

"Delves into political tensions within Oxnard, California, and illustrates the board of education’s decisions enacting segregation and thereby shaping the education of Mexicans and blacks . . . The work uncovers hidden histories of Mexican American and black struggles to end segregation, and it results in a very rich study."
— American Historical Review

"Provides a meticulous, nuanced, and brilliant study of the complex layers behind the historical connections of educational and residential segregation."
— Latino Studies

University of California Press, 9780520296879, 296pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2018

About the Author

David G. García is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.