Today the LCRM Project team finalized a file that we have been working on for a few months. It contains 2.5 hours of audio and 1 hour of video in the form of 100 excerpts from archival sources—mostly interviews with 10 individuals, but also some film footage from 1968. The file is our latest enhanced e-book, Blowout! Sal Castro and the Struggle for Educational Justice by Mario García and Sal Castro. The book is about the student walkouts in 1968 that started the Chicano rights movement.
Published in hardcover in 2011 by UNC Press, Blowout! is an ideal candidate to become an enhanced e-book because it is based on oral-history interviews. Sal Castro’s first-person narrative, as transcribed by Professor García of U.C. Santa Barbara from some 50 interview tapes, forms the central narrative. In the print version, brief quotes from the students are interspersed throughout the book. In the enhanced version, we were able to include much more of these interviews, transforming a one-person narrative into more of a multi-voiced production.
We have also included a number of documents. A few standout items are J.F. Kennedy’s Los Angeles itinerary from the day he met with Castro only one week before he won the 1960 Presidential election, a telegram containing Senator Robert Kennedy’s endorsement of the students’ efforts, a page from a student newspaper expressing outrage at biased treatment by teachers and administrators, and materials given to students attending the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference (CYLC) in 1964, 1965, and 2004. (When you read the book, you’ll understand how important this CYLC material was in helping to shape generations of Chicano leaders.) All told, these important items comprise 100 pages of documents and images that the reader can enlarge to see more detail. Earlier this afternoon, we sent the file to Professor García for checking on his iPad. Official release of the enhanced e-book for iPhone and iPad via Amazon’s Kindle app, and for the Nook Color and Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble, is scheduled for November. Stay tuned! Once the enhanced e-book is available via Kindle, we will make a video demonstration, the way we did for Freedom’s Teacher.
Here is the marketing blurb that will be made available shortly. It is a bit long at 352 words because we could not quite contain our enthusiasm after working on this fascinating project! Continue reading ‘“Blowout!” New Multimedia Book on the Way’