Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War
José de la Luz Sáenz believed in fighting for what was right. Although he was born in the United States, he and his family experienced prejudice because of their Mexican heritage. When World War I broke out, Luz volunteered to join the fight. Because of his ability to quickly learn languages, he became part of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, despite his hard work and intellect, Luz often didn’t receive credit for his contributions. Upon his return to the US, he joined other Mexican-Americans whom he had met in the army to fight for equality. His contribution, along with others, ultimately led to the creation of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which is the oldest Latino civil rights organization.
Author’s note. Source for quotations. Time lines. Select bibliography. Glossary. Photograph of José de la Luz Saenz. Index. Full-color illustrations were hand drawn, then collaged digitally.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Awards & Honors
2020 Orbis Pictus Award Honor
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
Pura Belpré Author Award Honoree - 2020
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11" x 9"
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Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination, Harsh realities of war
José de la Luz Sáenz (1888–1953), 360th Regiment, US Army, Mexican American participation in World War I (1914–1918), Mexican Americans in Texas, Civil rights workers, Tejano culture, Biography, Hispanic and Latino Americans,