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Book launch for Laura Muñoz’s “Desert Dreams: Mexican Arizona and the Politics of Educational Equality”

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Van Brunt Visitors Center Room: Van Brunt Visitors Center
Target Audiences:
Joy Castro,
“Desert Dreams” chronicles seventy-five years of Mexican American efforts to attain educational equality in Arizona, from its territorial period in the nineteenth century to the post–World War II era. Laura K. Muñoz reveals how Arizona Mexicans, or Arizonenses, embraced the United States expecting that they would be treated as American citizens. As the first comprehensive social history of Mexican Americans in Arizona before 1960, Desert Dreams demonstrates that Arizonenses across generations engaged in vital political, legal, and educational debates about civil rights and subsequently gave rise to a national Mexican American political consciousness.

“Desert Dreams” was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in December 2023.

Muñoz is an assistant professor of history and ethnic studies.

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This event originated in Ethnic Studies.