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Title:Education, Politics, and a Hunger Strike: A Popular Movement's Struggle for Education in Chicago's Little Village Community
Author(s):Cortez, Gabriel A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Anderson, James D.
Department / Program:Educational Policy Studies
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, United States
Abstract:This research is an historical analysis of a social movement that took place in Chicago's Little Village community. The movement was inspired when the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) failed to construct a new high school promised three years earlier to alleviate overcrowding in the community's only public high school at the time. The movement reached a climax when a group of residents held a hunger strike to bring attention to CPS' negligence on the issue. The methods used for gathering data is a combination of a group interview with five hunger strikers, archival research, periodicals, internal document analysis, journal entries, internet sources, and peer feedback. The researcher searched for common themes that connect the varied sources and provided an interpretation on how key individuals, events, and decisions influenced the movement. The social movement's persistence to pressure public officials received an insurmountable amount of support and garnered them enough political leverage to negotiate with the CPS and commit to the construction of the high school.
Issue Date:2008
Description:177 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3314751
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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