Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza


Twenty-five years after its original publishing date, Borderlands/La Frontera was among one of the books banned by the Tucson Unified School System in Arizona when enforcing a new law that prohibited the teaching of Mexican-American studies in the public school system. HB 2281's main purpose was to prohibit school districts or other educational institutions from including any courses/classes that promote resentment towards any race or class and many other provisions that target the Mexican-American studies programs that were already in existence. Legislation like this show the danger of books like Anzaldúa's because of their power to change minds and disturb complacency.[3]

About the Author

Gloria Anzaldua is a Multi-Identity Chicana Feminist writer, born in Rio Valley of South Texas in September 26, 1942.[4] Her parents were farm workers and Gloria grew up in a ranch. In 1969 Anzaldua received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas- Pan American. From there she went onto a master's program at the University of Texas-Austin and graduated with her master's in English and Education in 1972. During the 1980s Gloria started writing, teaching, and traveling to workshops on Chicanas.[5] Sadly, on May 5, 2004 Gloria Anzaldua died of diabetes complications. Gloria Anzaldua won the following awards: ''Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award'' (1986), ''Lambda Lesbian Small Book Press Award'' (1991), ''Lesbian Rights Award'' (1991), ''Sappho Award Distinction'' (1992), ''National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Award'' (1991), ''American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award'' (2001), ''LGBT 31 History Icons'' (2012).[6][7]

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