“Things change you know”: Schools as the Architects of the Mexican Race in Depression-Era Wyoming

  title={“Things change you know”: Schools as the Architects of the Mexican Race in Depression-Era Wyoming},
  author={Gonzalo Guzm{\'a}n},
  journal={History of Education Quarterly},
  pages={392 - 422}
  • Gonzalo Guzmán
  • Published 1 November 2021
  • Political Science
  • History of Education Quarterly
Abstract This article examines the development of racially segregated Mexican rooms and Mexican schools in Wyoming during the Depression era. Working in concert with New Deal legislation, the segregation of Mexican children—regardless of US citizenship—in Wyoming was not just a matter of social practice and local custom, it became an expression of increased state and federal power that mirrored Jim Crow laws. Wyoming was not alone. The segregation of Mexicans also occurred in neighboring… 
1 Citations



"A Few of the Brightest, Cleanest Mexican Children": School Segregation as a Form of Mundane Racism in Oxnard, California, 1900-1940.

In this article, David G. Garcia, Tara J. Yosso, and Frank P. Barajas examine the early twentieth-century origins of a dual schooling system that facilitated the reproduction of a cheap labor force

“Porque tenían sangre de ‘NEGROS’”: The Exclusion of Mexican Children from a Louisiana School, 1915-1916

This article examines the exclusion of Mexican children from a Louisiana public school in 1915-1916. A school board trustee threw the children out of the school because he saw them as racially mixed

A Legacy of Neglect: George I. Sánchez, Mexican American Education, and the Ideal of Integration, 1940–1970

  • C. Blanton
  • Political Science
    Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education
  • 2012
This biographical study of Dr. George I. Sánchez, a leading Mexican American educator, intellectual, and activist from the 1930s through the 1960s, opens up the idea of compensatory education—the

The Injustice Never Leaves You

Monica Muñoz Martinez is Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She is cofounder of the nonprofit

“Strictly in the Capacity of Servant”: The Interconnection Between Residential and School Segregation in Oxnard, California, 1934–1954

About two years ago, Haydock Grammar School was taken away from the use of the American children and given bodily over to the use of Mexicans… This leaves all of Oxnard, from fourth Street… to Hill

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race examines the emergence of linguistic and ethnoracial categories in the context of contemporary US constructions of Latinidad. The book draws from more

Chicano Education in the Era of Segregation

This study analyzes the socioeconomic origins of the theory and practice of de jure segregated school facilities for Mexican-Americans, tracing the educational experience of several generations of

New Directions in Latino/a/x Histories of Education: Comparative Studies in Race, Language, Law, and Higher Education

The twenty-first century has seen a surge in scholarship on Latino educational history and a new nonbinary umbrella term, Latinx, that a younger generation prefers. Many of historian Victoria-María