The Contested Homeland A Chicano History of New Mexico

by Erlinda Gonzales-Berry

The Contested Homeland A Chicano History of New Mexico Synopsis

Many books deal with New Mexico's past, but the twelve original essays here reinterpret that history for the first time from a Chicano perspective. Self-determination, resistance, and cultural maintenance are the recurring themes in the lives and struggles of Nuevomexicanos from 1848 to the present. On a more fundamental level, the clash has been over modernisation -- how the Spanish language, folk traditions, and land grants can survive as a heritage for future generations amid English, new and secular values, and real estate booms and speculation. Nuevomexicanos have confronted colonialism, ethnocentrism, and racism throughout their history. But as these essays make clear, pride in Spanish descent runs deep in New Mexico and has led to a vibrancy unmatched in any other region in the United States. Nuevomexicanos have not simply survived or endured. They have secured their influence through the highest level of education among all Chicanos in the United States, through greater political representation at the local and national level-and in both major parties-than in any other state, and through a culture that has simultaneously resisted and adapted to change.

The Contested Homeland A Chicano History of New Mexico Press Reviews

While presenting thought-provoking challenges to traditional history, the book provides a historical overview of Hispanic Mexican Americans in New Mexico, Nuevomexicanos. . . . As the authors point to the unique cultural identity of the Nuevomexicanos . . . Maciel and Gonzales-Berry have taken one more step to rightfully place the history of the Nuevomexicanos where it belongs: in the history of the U.S. The Contested Homeland tells, in bits and pieces, an intriguing story. Contested Homeland will make an excellent and much-needed college textbook for teaching history from a Chicano perspective. While presenting thought-provoking challenges to traditional history, the book provides a historical overview of Hispanic Mexican Americans in New Mexico, Nuevomexicanos. . . . As the authors point to the unique cultural identity of the Nuevomexicanos . . . Maciel and Gonzales-Berry have taken one more step to rightfully place the history of the Nuevomexicanos where it belongs: in the history of the U.S. a Contested Homeland will make an excellent and much-needed college textbook for teaching history from a Chicano perspective.a aWhile presenting thought-provoking challenges to traditional history, the book provides a historical overview of Hispanic Mexican Americans in New Mexico, Nuevomexicanos. . . . As the authors point to the unique cultural identity of the Nuevomexicanos . . . Maciel and Gonzales-Berry have taken one more step to rightfully place the history of the Nuevomexicanos where it belongs: in the history of the U.S.a

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826321992
Publication date: 15th August 2000
Author: Erlinda Gonzales-Berry
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 314 pages
Categories: History of the Americas,

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