In 1967, Reies López Tijerina led an armed takeover of a New Mexico courthouse in the name of land rights for disenfranchised Spanish-speaking locals. The small-scale raid surprisingly thrust Tijerina and his cause into the national spotlight, catalyzing an entire generation of activists. In this fascinating full biography of Tijerina (1926-2015), UC Davis History Professor Lorena Oropeza offers a fresh and unvarnished look at one of the most controversial, criticized, and misunderstood activists of the civil rights era.
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