Mexican American Voices

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  • Copyright: 2000-08-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Today, Mexican Americans are the youngest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. But Mexican Americans are also among the nation's oldest communities, with a rich and complex history. This book seeks to restore Mexican Americans to their rightful place in the narrative of American history.Through its 71 carefully edited selections, the book draws on the voices of Mexican Americans to chronicle and interpret their experience from the beginnings of Spanish colonization of the northern Mexican frontier to the present. This documentary history provides an indispensable introduction to Mexican American history and culture.

Author Biography

Steven Mintz is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of History and Director of the American Cultures Program at the University of Houston. He is President-Elect of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, an international consortium of scholars who use new technologies to advance teaching and research. His twelve books include the standard history of the American family, Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life (1988; co-authored with Susan Kellogg); and a major interpretation of antebellum reform, Moralists & Modernizers: America’s Pre-Civil War Reformers (1995). His most recent book, Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood (2004), received the Association of American Publishers R.R. Hawkins Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Book of 2004; the Organization of American Historians 2004 Merle Curti Award for the best book in social history; and the Texas Institute of Letters Carr P. Collins Award for the best non-fiction book of 2004. For Blackwell he has edited African American Voices, Third Edition (2004), Native American Voices, Second Edition (2000), and, with Randy Roberts, Hollywood’s America, Third Edition (2001).

Table of Contents

America's Spanish Heritage
Alvarez Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
The Spanish Borderlands
Resistance and Accommodation in New Mexico
Missionary Activity in New Spain's Northern Frontier
California's Mission System
Junípero Serra: Saint or Emissary of Empire?
The Fantasy Image of the Southwest
Hardening Class Lines
Debts to Spanish and Mexican Cultures
From Spanish to Mexican Rule
The Consequences of Mexican Independence
The Santa Fe Trail
Anglo-American Settlement in Texas
Secularization of the Missions
Increasing Social Stratification on the Southwest
From Mexican to Anglo Rule
The Texas Revolution
The Battle of the Alamo
The Texas Revolution: A Conflict of Cultures?
The Fate of the Tejanos
Manifest Destiny
Stages of Expansion
The Mexican War
A Controversial War
The San Patricios
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Its Aftermath
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Articles IC and X
Mexico Debates the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
A Backhanded Compromise: The Protocol of Queretaro
Legacies of Conquest
Land Loss
Land Loss in California
The Public Land Commission
A Changing Economy
New Mexico
Land Loss in New Mexico
New Mexico Statehood
The Bandido
Resistance in Texas
Resistance in California
Legend making Joaquin Murieta
The White Caps
Community Institutions
Labor Activism
Roman Catholic Church
North from Mexico
Mexican Americans and Southwestern Growth
Immigration Restriction
Mexican Americans and the New Deal
The Bracero Program and Undocumented Workers
Operation Wetback
La Causa
Sleepy Lagoon
The Zoot Suit Riots
Discrimination Against Mexican Americans in Was Industries
The Mendez Case: Brown v. Board of Education for Mexican Americans
Recommendations on the Bracero Program
Salt of the Earth
César Chavez.Dolores Huerta
A New Militancy
The "Sleeping Giant" Awakes
La Raza Unida Party
Recovering Lost Lands
Cinco de Mayo
The National Chicano Moratorium
Mexican Americans in American Popular Culture
The Struggle Continues
Political Power
Educational Inequality
Dual Citizenship
Assimilation, Separation, or a Third Way?
A Bibliography of Mexican-American History
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