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Edcouch-Elsa Walkout (1968) Research Guide

Edcouch-Elsa Walkout Research Guide, prepared by Shannon Pensa

Summary: Edcouch-Elsa Walkout (1968)

This research guide provides information related to the Edcouch-Elsa Walkouts. The purpose is to offer students historical context though access to primary source materials house at UTRGV Special Collections & Archives as well as highlighting relevant secondary (books) and external (websites) resources.

Background: Edcouch-Elsa Walkout (1968)

The 1968 walkout was organized over several days by Mexican and Mexican-American Edcouch-Elsa High School students seeking a better education and demanding an end to discrimination and racial injustice from their teachers and administrators. It culminated in a walkout protest of nearly 200 participants on the morning of November 14, 1968 after the School Board failed to meet the students' list of demands presented the previous day. In the days following the walkout, many participants faced reprisal from school officials, including expulsion and suspension. The Edcouch-Elsa Walkout became a defining moment in Rio Grande Valley education and history as well as the broader Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

Materials from Our Collections

UTRGV Digital Exhibits - RGV Primary Source Guides 

Each RGV Primary Source Guide provides lesson plans and local primary sources focused on history of the Rio Grande Valley. These are designed to meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) aimed at local history at the 4th and 7th grade levels. Each lesson plan outlines the TEKS addressed along with the appropriate lessons on these topics.

Edcouch-Elsa Walkouts of 1968

Reference Files

Education Box 4, Series 17: Files contain information concerning primary, secondary, and higher education including specific schools and school districts

Edcouch-Elsa / Walkout

Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed publication of the Mexican American Studies Center at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The journal publishes scholarly and creative works about Mexican descent communities in both South Texas and nationally. The journal promotes debate, dialogue, awareness, and insight into the U.S.-Mexico border experience.

"The School Cultures in the Lower Rio Bravo Valley," by Patrick D. Lynch (1997)

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External Video Resources


The research guides compiled by UTRGV staff and students are intended to assist patrons who are embarking upon new research endeavors. Our goal is to expand their knowledge of the types of resources available on a given topic, including books, archival materials, and websites. In so doing, our compilers have taken care to include collections, digital items, and resources that may be accessed not only through UTRGV but also via other institutions, repositories, and websites.

We wholeheartedly respect the research interests of others. Therefore, please contact us if you wish to submit a resource for consideration, or if you have a question about or an issue with a specific cited resource.

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