Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
League of United Latin American Citizens
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was formed on February 17, 1929, in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is the oldest and largest Hispanic advocacy group in the United States. Its roots and reason for existing, however, go back nearly 100 years prior to its inception. LULAC has played an important role in justice for Mexican Americans. This entry describes the history, mission, role of LULAC in addressing racial discrimination faced by Mexican Americans, and its future. In the early 1800s, Mexico held claim to a large portion of what is now the modern United States of America. In 1835, the residents of the Mexican province of Texas revolted against the government of Mexico, beginning the Texas War of Independence. After more than a year of fighting battles, including the famous battle of the Alamo, Mexican President Santa Anna signed the Treaty of Velasco in 1836, ceding what is ...