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

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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.


About Manuel G. Gonzales

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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).
Published August 20, 2009 by Indiana University Press. 408 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Gonzales suggests that Mexican is the better overarching term, especially because, in a broad survey taken in 1990, “62 percent of people of Mexican heritage born in this country preferred [it], as did 86 percent of the immigrant population.” He also demonstrates by example that history need not ...

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Gonzales-Berry and Marcela Mendoza mix individual interviews with academic research to show why migrants have come to Oregon and how they have adapted and contributed to the cultural life of the state.

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