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Mendez et al v. Westminster et al Website

History of the Case

In March of 1945, five families in Orange County, California, brought a class action lawsuit against four school districts on behalf of their own children and five thousand other children who were forced to attend segregated schools for Mexican children. The lawsuit was filed as Mendez et al. v. Westminster et al. The five families were: The Estradas, the Guzmans, the Mendezes, the Palominos, and the Ramirezes.
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Court Documents

We have several original documents that are freely available to anyone who would like to download them on this website. Our Court Documents page has PDF downloads, as well as zip file downloads for students, researchers, or teachers. In fact, these documents are freely available to anyone who would like them. Additionally, we do our best to provide a short description of each document, where it was obtained, etc. Read more...

Media Coverage

There have been many articles and books written about this court case over the years. You can see the Media Links page for links and summaries of these various articles. We cannot bestow any rights to reprint or use these articles for commercial or scholarly research. This site if for information only. If you have any requests to use these articles in a professional or scholarly manner, please contact the authors directly. Read more...

Acknowledgements

Important: In putting this website together, we have also benefited greatly from the research of educators, journalists, and scholars who have written about this case. Click here for a list

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