Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings by Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales


The first and only collection of speeches, essays, plays, poetry, and political prose by the famed Chicano civil rights leader.

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One of the most famous leaders of the Chicano civil rights movement, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales was a multifaceted and charismatic, bigger-than-life hero who inspired his followers not only by taking direct political action but also by making eloquent speeches, writing incisive essays, and creating the kind of socially engaged poetry and drama that could be communicated easily through the barrios of Aztlán, populated by Chicanos in the United States.

The first collection of Gonzales’ diverse writings, this volume includes the original I Am Joaquín (1967), along with a new Spanish translation; seven major speeches (1968-78); two plays, The Revolutionist and A Cross for Malcovio (1966-67); various poems written during the 1970s and a selection of letters. These varied works demonstrate the evolution of Gonzales’ thought on human and civil rights. Any examination of the Chicano movement is incomplete without this volume. More than 35 photographs accompany the text.

Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings by Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales
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