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Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States

Edited by John Tutino

Publication Year: 2012

Tracing economic, social, and cultural connections from colonial times until today, this book highlights the foundational contributions of Mexico and Mexicans to the United States—Hispanic capitalism, patriarchy, and mestizaje, or ethnic blending.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Series: CMAS History, Culture, and Society Series


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

This volume emerged from a long history linking the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and Georgetown University. José Limón and I were graduate students in Austin in the early 1970s. José created an innovative intellectual trajectory linking literature, folklore, and Mexican American studies ...

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Introduction. Mexico and Mexicans Making U.S. History

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pp. 1-35

The lives and rights of Mexicans living and working in the United States have been topics of discussion and debate since the 1840s. Recently, North American integration within an accelerating globalization of production and trade, work and culture has fixed political debates on “illegal” immigration. ...

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Chapter 1. Capitalist Foundations: Spanish North America, Mexico, and the United States

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pp. 36-82

Capitalist globalization began in the sixteenth century when Chinese demand for silver stimulated silver production in recently conquered Spanish America. That pivotal link generated trades that spanned the globe and energized production in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. ...

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Chapter 2. Between Mexico and the United States: From Indios to Vaqueros in the Pastoral Borderlands

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pp. 83-109

From the end of the sixteenth to the beginning of the nineteenth centuries, the northern frontier of New Spain comprised a broad expanse of western North America between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. At its height in the late eighteenth century, New Spain’s territory reached the northern Great Plains. ...

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Chapter 3. Imagining Mexico in Love and War: Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Visual Culture

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pp. 110-140

After Mexico became independent in 1821 and established itself as a republic in 1824, the project of imagining and building the nation began. During these years, the United States, which had survived the War of 1812, began a second period of nation building focused on southwestward expansion, slavery, and managing the divisions between North and South. ...

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Chapter 4. Mexican Merchants and Teamsters on the Texas Cotton Road, 1862–1865

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pp. 141-170

Perhaps nothing speaks more pointedly to the general amnesia with regards to Mexico and Mexicans in the history of the United States than their omission from the expansive American Civil War literature. What mention has been made of Mexicans and Mexico has generally focused on border troubles ...

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Chapter 5. Making Americans and Mexicans in the Arizona Borderlands

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pp. 171-207

Midnight, July 12, 1917. In a remote mountain town near the Arizona- Mexico border, Sheriff Harry Wheeler quietly appointed as many as two thousand temporary deputies. Just before dawn, the gun- toting men emerged “as if by magic,” as the front page of the New York Times reported the following day.1 ...

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Chapter 6. Keeping Community, Challenging Boundaries: Indigenous Migrants, Internationalist Workers, and Mexican Revolutionaries, 1900–1920

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pp. 208-235

Since the 1980s, writers have noted that globalization has intensified international migration, and studies of Mexican migration have recorded the growing number of indigenous people from Mexico in the binational labor market. Scholars have documented how migration has altered communities and relations within and among them ...

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Chapter 7. Transnational Triangulation: Mexico, the United States, and the Emergence of a Mexican American Middle Class

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pp. 236-256

During and since the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, the American middle class has been at the center of a wrenching national debate relative to the economy in general and taxation policy in particular. All political figures, pundit commentary, and tavern debates sooner or later make reference to the well-being of the “middle class” ...

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Chapter 8. New Mexico, Mestizaje, and the Transnations of North America

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pp. 257-284

How has New Mexico shaped North America? As the northernmost outpost of New Spain, from the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, New Mexico was ruled by men who saw themselves as Spaniards. They conquered and colonized the Pueblo Indians in 1598, lived side by side, often mixing biologically with them, ...


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pp. 285-312

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pp. 313-314

Katherine Benton-Cohen is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. She is author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2009). ...


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pp. 315-320

E-ISBN-13: 9780292737198
E-ISBN-10: 029273719X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292737181
Print-ISBN-10: 0292737181

Page Count: 332
Illustrations: 6 maps, 5 tables
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: CMAS History, Culture, and Society Series
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OCLC Number: 785397921
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  • Mexican Americans -- History.
  • Mexicans -- United States -- History.
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico.
  • Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States.
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