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Gurrola, Moises A. Creating Community in Isolation: The History of Corpus Christi 's
Molina Addition, 1954-1970. Master of Arts (History), December 2015, 137 pp., 29 figures,
references, 50 titles.
"Creating Community in Isolation: The History of Corpus Christi's Molina Addition,
1954-1970" examines the history of the Molina Addition in Corpus Christi, Nueces County,
Texas, and its serving district, the West Oso Independent School District, from 1954 to 1970.
Specifically, this essay begins with an analysis of the elite-driven campaign to annex the blighted
Molina Addition in September and October 1954. The city intended to raze the neighborhood
and develop middle-class homes in place of the newly annexed neighborhood. Following the
annexation of the Molina Addition, African American and ethnic Mexican residents initiated
protracted struggles to desegregate and integrate schools that served their area, the West Oso
Independent School District, as detailed in the chapter, "The West Oso School Board
Revolution." The chapter examines the electoral "revolution" in which Anglo rural elites were
unseated from their positions on the school board and replaced by African American and ethnic
Mexican Molina Addition residents. The third chapter, "Building Mo-Town, Texas," focuses on
residents' struggle to install indoor plumbing, eliminate pit privies, construct paved roads, and
introduce War on Poverty grants to rehabilitate the neighborhood. This chapter also offers a
glimpse into the social life of Molina youth during the 1960s.
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