Radical Rattlers


Radical Rattlers

A Narrative of Latino Students at St. Mary’s University in the 1960s

Edgar Velázquez Reynald

In the 1960’s, St. Mary’s saw an increase in Latino enrollment and a shift in student political attitudes from confidence in established politics in the early 1960’s to radical activism at the end of the decade. The transition occurred as students engaged with the Civil Rights Movement and then the Chicano Movement. Using the St. Mary’s University student newspaper, The Rattler, this project chronicles the events of the 1960’s from the perspective of Latino students, using editorials and campus coverage to understand the evolution from traditionalism to radicalism.

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