They Called Them Greasers Anglo Attitudes Toward Mexicans in Texas, 1821-1900

ISBN-10: 0292780540
ISBN-13: 9780292780545
Edition: 1983
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Description: Tension between Anglos and Tejanos has existed in the Lone Star State since the earliest settlements. Such antagonism has produced friction between the two peoples, and whites have expressed their hostility toward Mexican Americans unabashedly and  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 167
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Tension between Anglos and Tejanos has existed in the Lone Star State since the earliest settlements. Such antagonism has produced friction between the two peoples, and whites have expressed their hostility toward Mexican Americans unabashedly and at times violently. This seminal work in the historical literature of race relations in Texas examines the attitudes of whites toward Mexicans in nineteenth-century Texas. For some, it will be disturbing reading. But its unpleasant revelations are based on extensive and thoughtful research into Texas' past. The result is important reading not merely for historians but for all who are concerned with the history of ethnic relations in our state. They Called Them Greasers argues forcefully that many who have written about Texas' pastincluding such luminaries as Walter Prescott Webb, Eugene C. Barker, and Rupert N. Richardsonhave exhibited, in fact and interpretation, both deficiencies of research and detectable bias when their work has dealt with Anglo-Mexican relations. De Leoacute;n asserts that these historians overlooled an austere Anglo moral code which saw the morality of Tejanos as "defective" and that they described without censure a society that permitted traditional violence to continue because that violence allowed Anglos to keep ethnic minorities "in their place." De Leoacute;n' approach is psychohistorical. Many Anglos in nineteenth-century Texas saw Tejanos as lazy, lewd, un-American, subhuman. In De Leoacute;n' view, these attitudes were the product of a conviction that dark-skinned people were racially and culturally inferior, of a desire to see in others qualities that Anglos preferred not to see in themselves, and of a need to associate Mexicans with disorder so as to justify their continued subjugation.

Preface
A Note on Terminology
Initial Contacts: Redeeming Texas from Mexicans, 1821-1836
Niggers, Redskins, and Greasers: Tejano Mixed-Bloods in a White Racial State
An Indolent People
Defective Morality
Disloyalty and Subversion
Leyendas Negras
Frontier ""Democracy"" and Tejanos--the Antebellum Period
Frontier ""Democracy"" and Tejanos--the Postbellum Period
Epilogue: ""Not the White Man's Equal
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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