This book is about the other
Texas, not the state known for
its cowboy conservatism, but a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of
community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism.
Beginning in the 1930s, Max Krochmal tells the story of the
decades-long struggle for democracy in Texas, when African
American, Mexican American, and white labor and community activists
gradually came together to empower the state's marginalized
minorities. At the ballot box and in the streets, these diverse
activists demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor
rights, and real political power for all. Their efforts gave rise
to the Democratic Coalition of the 1960s, a militant, multiracial
alliance that would take on and eventually overthrow both Jim Crow
and Juan Crow.
Using rare archival sources and original oral history interviews,
Krochmal reveals the often-overlooked democratic foundations and
liberal tradition of one of our nation's most conservative states.
remembers the many forgotten activists who, by
crossing racial lines and building coalitions, democratized their
cities and state to a degree that would have been unimaginable just
a decade earlier--and it shows why their story still matters