Becoming Mexican American Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/23/1995
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Twentieth century Los Angeles has been the focus of one of the most profound and complex interactions between distinct cultures in U.S. history. In this pioneering study, Sanchez explores how Mexican immigrants "Americanized" themselves in order to fit in, thereby losing part of their own culture.

Author Biography

George J. Sanchez in Associate Professor of History, University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Farewell Homelandp. 17
Across the Dividing Linep. 38
Newcomers in the City of the Angelsp. 63
Americanization and the Mexican Immigrantp. 87
The """"New Nationalism,"""" Mexican Stylep. 108
Family Life and the Search for Stabilityp. 129
The Sacred and the Profane: Religious Adaptationsp. 151
Familiar Sounds of Change: Music and the Growth of Mass Culturep. 171
Workers and Consumers: a Community Emergesp. 188
Where is Home?: the Dilemma of Repatriationp. 209
Forging a New Politics of Oppositionp. 227
The Rise of the Second Generationp. 253
Conclusionp. 271
Appendix: On Sourcesp. 275
Notesp. 277
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 351
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