Youth, Identity, Power is a study of the origins and development of Chicano radicalism in America. Written by a leader of the Chicano Student Movement of the 1960s who also played a role in the creation of the wider Chicano Power Movement, this is the first fill-length work to appear on the subject. It fills an important gap in the history of political protest in the United States.
The author places the Chicano movement in the wider context of the political development of Mexicans and their descendants in the US, tracing the emergence of Chicano student activists in the 1930s and their initial challenge to the dominant racial and class ideologies of the time. Munoz then documents the rise and fall of the Chicano Power Movement, situating the student protests of the sixties within the changing political scene of the time, and assessing the movement's contribution to the cultural development of the Chicano population as a whole. He concludes with an account of Chicano politics in the 1980s.
Youth, Identity, Power was named an Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States by the Gustavus Myers Center in 1990.
'The first major book on the Chicano movement by one of its leaders, who is also a first-rate scholar, Youth, Identity, Power is certain to be the benchmark for all future work on the subject. An important and unique contribution to the history of the 1960s it... should be required reading." - Clayborn Carson, Stanford University "" ... an essential record of the Chicano movement and an important addition to the history of American social protest."" -- San Francisco Chronicle