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15. Poetry of Liberation

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Lorna Dee Cervantes - Selected Archive Items

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[5615] Anonymous, Disturnell Map of Mexico (c. 1850),
courtesy of Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.
Although the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican-American War in 1848, disputes continued between the Mexican and United States governments concerning, among other issues, the border of Texas.

[6133] Anonymous, Young Hispanic Woman (c. 1969),
courtesy of the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection.
In the 1960s and 1970s, a number of Chicana women protested definitions of womanhood and American identity that excluded Chicana heritage and life.

[6710] Judith F. Baca, La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra (2000),
courtesy of the Social and Public Art Resource Center, © Judith F. Baca, La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra, Colorado, 2000.
Judith Baca is an acclaimed muralist who believes that art can be a forum for social dialogue, as well as a tool for social change. In this sense her work shares much with the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherrie Moraga, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and Helena Maria Viramontes.

[7084] Mirta Vidal, Cover of Chicanas Speak Out (1971),
courtesy of Duke University.
Chicana authors, including Cherrie Moraga and Lorna Dee Cervantes, protested exclusive definitions of womanhood and American identity that did not include Chicana heritage and life.

[7605] Anonymous, Unidentified Woman Finishes Defiant Message (1973),
courtesy of the Denver Public Library.
A young woman with long hair, wearing bellbottoms, scrawls out a message which reads, "We are not beaten . . . and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. . . . What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed." The building pictured was damaged in an explosion that followed a shootout between Denver police and people of the Chicano community on March 16, 1973.

[8756] Eliot Young, Interview: "Exploring Borderlands" (2003),
courtesy of American Passages and Annenberg Media.
Elliot Young, professor of history at Lewis and Clark College, discusses Chicano and Chicana literature.

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