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Mexicanos, Second Edition A History of Mexicans in the United States by Manuel G. Gonzales

Mexicanos, Second Edition A History of Mexicans in the United States


Mexicanos, Second Edition A History of Mexicans in the United States by Manuel G. Gonzales

Newly revised and updated, Mexicanos tells the rich and vibrant story of Mexicans in the United States. Emerging from the ruins of Aztec civilization and from centuries of Spanish contact with indigenous people, Mexican culture followed the Spanish colonial frontier northward and put its distinctive mark on what became the southwestern United States. Shaped by their Indian and Spanish ancestors, deeply influenced by Catholicism, and tempered by an often difficult existence, Mexicans continue to play an important role in U.S. society, even as the dominant Anglo culture strives to assimilate them. Thorough and balanced, Mexicanos makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of the Mexican population of the United States-a growing minority who are a vital presence in 21st-century America.


[A] general history survey must be accurate, compelling, and inclusive of all matter of historical and cultural experiences. To its credit, Mexicanos provides exemplary balance and perspective. * New Mexico Historical Review * The best short introduction yet to the history of Mexicans in the U.S. could not have come at a better time. * Arkansas Democratic-Gazette * It is a page-turner that reads more like a novel than a history book. . . . The book provides insight into a people non-Mexicanos should see, not as interlopers, but as the latest wave in a centuries-old migration of people and culture, and a movement that is parallel to the great western expansion from the east. * Contra Costa Times * Gratifyingly well written and illustrated, and featuring an extensive index and bibliography, Mexicanos is highly recommended for general readers, historians, and professors of Chicano studies. -- Richard Delgado * California History * Stress on facts and chronology make for clear explanations, especially for those just becoming acquainted with Mexican American history. -- Arnoldo De Leon * Journal of American Ethnic History * This book is definitely one that you need on your bookshelf. * Low Rider Magazine * Gonzales
book should be of much interest

. * Tucson Weekly * A must-read book for anyone interested in Southwest history. * Albuquerque Journal *

About the Author

Manuel G. Gonzales is Professor of History at Diablo Valley College. His books include Andrea Costa and the Rise of Socialism in the Romagna and The Hispanic Elite of the Southwest. He is editor (with Cynthia Gonzales) of En Aquel Entonces (IUP, 2000).

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Publication date

20th August 2009


Manuel G. Gonzales

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Indiana University Press


424 pages


History of the Americas



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