Mexican Americans in Texas: A Brief History
This third edition of our ground-breaking publication, the first survey of Tejanos, has been completely updated to present a concise political, cultural, and social history of Mexican Americans in Texas from the Spanish colonial era to the present day, a time when people of Mexican descent are poised to become the demographic majority in the Lone Star.
Writing specifically for the college-level student and careful to include a consensus of the latest literature in this strong and continually growing field, Professor De León portrays Tejanos as active subjects, not merely objects, in the ongoing Texas story. Complemented by a stunning photographic essay and a helpful glossary, and featuring new biographical vignettes that now introduce and set the context for each chapter, this third edition of our well-loved text is certain to be even more engaging and relevant to readers of all levels.
And while the book targets a wide reading audience, it is ideally fit for classroom use. Professors teaching courses in Texas, western, and borderlands history will find it an ideal complement to their class lectures and other outside reading assignments. Of particular interest to students will be discussions describing the survival techniques Tejanos developed to withstand poverty and disadvantage, the process of assimilation over many generations, the changes engendered by the Chicano Movement of the 1960s, the role of political figures such as José Antonio Navarro, J. T. Canales, Alonso Perales, Héctor P. García, or Irma Rangel, or the impact of court cases like which Hernández v. Texas or Plyler v. Doe that changed the direction of Mexican American history.
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... Mexican-American ranch hands: Mexicans were to be deferential, assent to
their social inferiority, and the men were to avoid mixing with white women.23
THE BARRIOS Like most Texans, Texas Mexicans were predominantly rural
By the 1910s, immigrants fleeing the Mexican Revolution mixed with Tejano day
laborers working with local railroad companies and founded a barrio (which
came to be called "Little Mexico") just north of Dallas's central business district,
with mainstream institutions that penetrated even the segregated barrios. By
World War I, for example, Mexican theaters showed (in addition to films produced
in Mexico) American movies starring Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. Charity