Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Faubion

Second Advisor

Dr. Sonia Hernandez

Third Advisor

Dr. Margaret Dorsey


This study demonstrates how the success of the Edcouch-Elsa walkout of 1968 was brought upon not only by its organization, non-violent tactics, land mark victory in federal court, and support from several of Mexican American organizations. What also aided the student movement in Edcouch-Elsa was the media attention and how it influence the Rio Grande Valley community not only to question the tactics being used towards Mexican American students in the local educational institutions, but also created public discourse over the issues of race, equality, and students’ rights. Using various academic books of the subject, newspaper clippings of the time period, and video sources of the walkout, this study details what transpired during and after the student walkout and how the media portrayed the events.


Copyright 2012 David Robles. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

History Commons