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American Experince - A Class Apart

This item is included in the following series/curriculum: American Experience  

  • Grade Level: General-Adult
  • Subjects: History, Government
  • Produced By: PBS Distribution
  • Year: 2009
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Running Time: 60m
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In the tiny town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, a field hand named Pete Hernandez murdered his employer after exchanging words in a gritty cantina. From this unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. A Class Apart tells the little-known story of a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican-Americans.

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