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Conclusion: Assessing and Interpreting 150 Years of Latino Faith-Based Civic Activism

Gastón Espinosa, Virgilio Elizondo and Jesse Miranda

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.003.0019
Conclusion: Assessing and Interpreting 150 Years of Latino Faith-Based Civic Activism

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This chapter identifies common themes that emerge from the discussions in the preceding chapters. Among these are that individual Catholic and Protestant clergy, religions, and churches have fought on behalf of the Latino community over the past 150 years; many of the most important Mexican American civil rights movement leaders were profoundly shaped by their spirituality and popular religious traditions; and the struggle for political, civic, and social justice sometimes brought otherwise warring Catholics and Protestants together on the picket lines, in disobedience camps, in pilgrimages, and in prayer vigils throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The chapter also outlines practical historical lessons and recommendations to chart a new course for future political, civic, and social action.

Keywords: Latinos; Catholics; Protestants; Mexican Americans; social action; social movements

Chapter.  3971 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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