Foreigners in Their Native Land Historical Roots of the Mexican Americans

ISBN-10: 0826335101
ISBN-13: 9780826335104
Edition: 13th 2003 (Revised)
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Description: Most writing about Mexican Americans deals only with the twentieth century. This book provides the much-needed historical perspective that is essential for a full understanding of the present. Dozens of selections from firsthand accounts, introduced  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 13th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Most writing about Mexican Americans deals only with the twentieth century. This book provides the much-needed historical perspective that is essential for a full understanding of the present. Dozens of selections from firsthand accounts, introduced by David J Weber's essays, capture the essence of the Mexican-American experience in the Southwest from the time the first pioneers came north from Mexico. PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: The first edition was selected as a Choice 'Outstanding Academic Book of the Year' and received the following accolades: "An excellent job of illuminating the early historical experience of Mexicans living in the United States..." -- Western Historical Quarterly. "Weber... has done more than compile a first-rate anthology... he has done much to put the selected accounts into a meaningful historical framework. This coupled with excellent documentary choices and extensive notes makes it the single best volume for understanding the Mexican American experience in the nineteenth-century Southwest..." -- Choice.

Foreword to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
New Spain's Far Northern Frontier
Editor's Introduction
Sources
Church and State - Luis de Velasco, 1595
Frontier Military - Antonio Martinez, 1817
"Contributions are small" - Francisco Martinez de Baeza, 1639
A Communal Land Grant - Lorenzo Marquis - Antonio Jose Ortiz, 1794
Mestizaje - First Los Angeles Census, 1781
"Most hardy subjects" - Zebulon M. Pike, 1807; Miguel Ramos de Arizpe, 18182
"There were no paupers" - Jose Agustin de Escudero, 1827
"Backward" New Mexico - Pedro Bautista Pino, 1812
The "wretched village" of San Antonio - Juan Agustin Morfi, 1778
The Romantic Frontier - Guadalupe Vallejo, 1890; George Wharton James, 1914
Yankee Infiltration and the Hardening of Stereotypes
Editor's Introduction
Sources
"Calculating the profit" - Carlos Dehault Delassus, 1804
"Indications are very dangerous" - Joaquin del Real Alencaster, 1807
California "would fall without an effort" - William Shaler, 1808
The Black Legend - William Robertson, 1777
"Degenerate inhabitants of New Mexico" - Rufus B. Sage, 1846
"Blood ... as ditch water" - Walter Prescott Webb, 1931 & 1935
"An ill opinion of the Mexicans" - Jose Maria Sanchez, 1828
"Lazy people of vicious character" - Jose Maria Sanchez, 1828
"Industrious, honest North American settlers" - Ayuntamiento of San Antonio, 1832
"Waiting the result" - Thomas O. Larkin, 1846
Cultures Collide
Editor's Introduction
Sources
"I am warning you" - Manuel Mier y Teran, 1828 & 1829
"The two people cannot mingle together" - Committee of Vigilance & Public Safety, San Augustin, 1835
"Their decision irrevocably sealed their fate" - Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, 1837
"Texians! Render every possible assistance" - Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, 1836
"War ... our final salvation" - Jose Maria Tornel y Mendivil, 1837
"The sacrificial goat" - Pio Pico, 1846-48
"We would have made some kind of resistance" - 105 New Mexicans, 1846
"Keep yourselves quiet" - Donaciano Vigil, 1847
Reactions to Defeat - Juan Bautista Vigil y Alarid, 1846; Juan Bautista Alvarado, 1876; Angustias de la Guerra Ord, 1878
"A duty before God" - William P. Rogers, 1846; Robert F. Stockton, 1847
"The Government of a white race" - John C. Calhoun, 1848
All the Rights of Citizens
Editor's Introduction
Sources
"Their property, their persons, their religion" - Stephen Watts Kearny, 1846
"All the rights of citizens" - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848
"For me the placers were finished" - Antonio F. Coronel, 1849
"Hung as suspects" - El Clamor Publico, 1857
"A foreigner in my native land" - Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, 1858
"No justice for the Mexicans in Texas" - Comision Pesquisadora, 1873
"A set policy of terrorizing the Mexicans" - A Texas Ranger, 1875
"Parceled out to Mexicans" - Tucson Citizen, 1904
"Compelled to sell, little by little" - Antonio Maria Pico, et al., 1859
"A denial of justice" - Public Land Commission, 1880
Accommodation, Assimilation, and Resistance
Editor's Introduction
Sources
"Revenge took possession of me" - Tiburcio Vasquez, 1874; Joaquin Murrieta, 1854
"To defend ourselves" - Juan Nepomuceno Cortina, 1859
Las Gorras Blancas - Nuestra Plataforma, 1890; Felix Martinez, 1890
"In sympathy" - N. A. Jennings, c. 1875
"Volunteers, both Mexicans and Americans" - Juan I. Tellez, 1926
"Now or never" - La Voz del Pueblo, 1906; Constitution of New Mexico, 1912
"Por la raza y para la raza" - Congreso Mexicanista, 1911
A Sample from the Press - El Labrador, 1904
Workers from Mexico: Three Views - Mexican: Diario del Hogar, 1910; Anglo American: Samuel Bryan, 1912; Mexican American: El Labrador, 1904
Afterword
Afterword to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Notes
Index
Illustrations
Racial mixture in New Spain
Forced labor in New Spain
Stereotyped sinister Mexicans
Adobe building
Pio Pico
Jose Antonio Navarro
"Dawn at the Alamo"
Angustias de la Guerra Ord
Luis de la Rosa
Antonio F. Coronel and his wife Mariana
"The Battle of San Pascual"
Juan Nepomuceno Seguin
Francisco P. Ramirez
Manuel Dominguez
Los Angeles, 1886
Santa Fe, c. 1880
Tiburcio Vasquez
Juan Nepomuceno Cortina
Ignacio Calvillo
Miguel Antonio Otero

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