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Title:
Mongrels, bastards, orphans, and vagabonds : Mexican immigration and the future of race in America
Author:
Rodriguez, Gregory.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pantheon Books, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
xvii, 317 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
Wide-ranging and provocative, this book offers an unprecedented account of the long-term cultural and political influences that Mexican Americans will have on the collective character of our nation. In considering the largest immigrant group in American history, Gregory Rodriguez examines the complexities of its heritage and of the racial and cultural synthesis--mestizaje--that has defined the Mexican people since the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Rodriguez delineates the effects of mestizaje throughout the centuries, traces the northern movement of this "mongrelization, " explores the emergence of a new Mexican American identity in the 1930s, and analyzes the birth and death of the Chicano movement. Vis-à-vis the present era of Mexican American confidence, he persuasively argues that the rapidly expanding Mexican American integration in to the mainstream is changing not only how Americans think about race but how we envision our nation.--From publisher description.
Language:
English
Contents:
The birth of a people -- The rise and fall of the Spanish colonial racial system -- The Spaniards venture North -- Mexicans and the limits of slavery -- The Anglos move West -- Caught between North and South -- Becoming Mexican American -- The Chicano movement -- Mongrel America and the new assimilation.
ISBN:
9780375421587
Format :
Book