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Master of Arts in History & Political Thought, History Concentration (MA)

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Weight, Donovan

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Hazelton, Andrew J.

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Norris, James


This thesis examines the consequences of the Raza Unida Party’s tenure in the 1970s in Crystal City, Texas. Following the party’s demise in the beginning of the 1980s, Crystal City’s social, political, and economic aspects were drastically changed by Raza Unida Party policies during the decade prior. While many scholars have focused extensively on the rise and fall of the Raza Unida Party itself, there is almost no study focusing solely on the consequences of its policies in Crystal City. Did these policies improve the life of the party’s constituents in the years that followed? This thesis will complete the picture of the legacy, if any, the Raza Unida Party left behind, and will argue its policies served as a double-edged sword for the people of Crystal City.