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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Worsening economic conditions, exacerbated by the presence of the new
immigrant farm hands who depressed wages, explain Tejano motives for joining
socialist organizations, but so does the influence of the revolution in Mexico and
Many Texas Mexicans found the PDS — with its promise of establishing racial
equality, retaking of their lost land, and regaining the rights of citizens —
appealing, so they joined the insurrectionists in raiding Anglo ranches and
In Crystal City, for example, spinach workers joined the Catholic Workers Union
in 1930 and reached a settlement with local growers and processors concerning
working arrangements, low wages, and child labor. In Laredo, La Asociacion de ...