Manifest Destinies The Making of the Mexican American Race

ISBN-10: 0814732054

ISBN-13: 9780814732052

Edition: 2008

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View the Table of Contents Read the Introduction We Know Wersquo;re Not White: Author Interview on San Diego Weekly Reader Gomez sets out to write an antidote to historical amnesia about the key nineteenth-century events that produced the first Mexican Americans. A law professor at the University of New Mexico, Gomez takes a three-pronged approach: she looks at Chicano history via sociology, history, and law, using New Mexico as a case study. At the heart of the book is the idea that Manifest Destiny was not, according to Gomez, a neutral political theory. Rather, it was a potent ideology that endowed white Americans with a sense of entitlement to the land and racial superiority over its inhabitants. --La Bloga Shows the impacts (then, as now) of the dominant white racist frame coming in from outside what was once northern Mexico.--Racism Review "[A]n interesting and comprehensive look at what New Mexicans really lost after being conquered by the United States." -The Albuquerque Journal Gomezs insights into the struggles at play in the nineteenth-century Southwest are extremely relevant for todaya time in which identity politics are still predominant in discussions about culture. . . . With Chicanos making up the youngest racial group in America (34 percent are under the age of 18), the complicated relationship between the U.S. and its Mexican citizens is clearly something that is going to be on the table for a long time to come. Manifest Destinies presents a portrait of the forces that were present when this group was still in its infancy. --Pop Matters Are Mexican Americans a racial or ethnic group? This is the important question Manifest Destinies asks and answers. . . . Marvelous, dense, and richly researched. Ramon A. Gutierrez, University of Chicago Highlights the largely neglected history of multiracial populations that, throughout our nations history, have come together along the frontier. With her analysis of racial ideologies . . . Gomez promises to make a valuable contribution to this literature. Rachel Moran, author of Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance Anyone interested in understanding the historical experience of the largest ethnic group in the country will find Manifest Destinies both timely and of great interest. . . . Simply put, her work is first rate in every way. Tomas Almaguer, author of Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California In both the historic record and the popular imagination, the story of nineteenth-century westward expansion in America has been characterized by notions of annexation rather than colonialism, of opening rather than conquering, and of settling unpopulated lands rather than displacing existing populations. Using the territory that is now New Mexico as a case study, Manifest Destinies traces the origins of Mexican Americans as a racial group in the United States, paying particular attention to shifting meanings of race and law in the nineteenth century. Laura E. Gomez explores the central paradox of Mexican American racial status as entailing the law's designation of Mexican Americans as "white" and their simultaneous social position as non-white in American society. She tells a neglected story of conflict, conquest, cooperation, and competition among Mexicans, Indians, and Euro-Americans, the regions three main populations who were the key architects and victims of the laws th
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The U.S. Colonization of Northern Mexico and the Creation of Mexican Americans
Where Mexicans Fit in the New American Racial Order
How a Fragile Claim to Whiteness Shaped Mexican Americans' Relations with Indians and African Americans
Manifest Destiny's Legacy: Race in America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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