Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds by Gregory Rodriguez
Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America

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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 sixteenth century. He persuasively argues that the rapidly expanding Mexican American integration into the mainstream is changing not only how Americans think about race but also how we envision our nation. Brilliantly reasoned, highly thought provoking, and as historically sound as it is anecdotally rich, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds is a major contribution to the discussion of the cultural and political future of the United States.

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About Gregory Rodriguez

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Gregory Rodriguez studied the sociology of the Latinization of California at UCLA. He has been a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute in Washington, D.C., a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Opinion Section and a political analyst for MSNBC. His work has appeared in many of the nation's leading publications, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The New Republic.
Published October 6, 2008 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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As Rodriguez’s lucid book demonstrates, now that whites are no longer the majority in California, there is not much talk there of majorities or minorities, even as census officials worry that this confounding of race and ethnicity will “undermine the validity of all the other racial categories.” ...

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The failure of this system, Rodriguez argues, allowed for a more progressive and open-minded approach to race in Mexico compared with, for example, the U.S.: “In colonial New Mexico, mestizaje was the rule rather than the exception.” Black/white racial lines were nonexistent, as Afri...

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