The "Box Bill": Public Policy, Ethnicity, and Economic Exploitation in Texas
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The first steps of the civil rights movement that produced LULAC began in the 1920s when competing civil rights groups began to form strategic alliances in response to racist, eugenics-based attacks. Mexican-American spokesmen defended themselves, and Mexicans in general, against prejudice constructed primarily out of false but convenient cultural tropes depicting Mexicans as indolent, unhygienic, and criminal. Meanwhile, unskilled Mexican immigrant labor was quietly contributing to local Texas communities in the Rio Grande Valley through consumer spending.