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Winner of the 2006 Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary Studies, presented by the Western Literature Association

In The Emergence of Mexican America, John-Michael Rivera examines the cultural, political, and legal representations of Mexican Americans and the development of US capitalism and nationhood. Beginning with the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848 and continuing through the period of mass repatriation of US Mexican laborers in 1939, Rivera examines both Mexican-American and Anglo-American cultural production in order to tease out the complexities of the so-called “Mexican question.” Using historical and archival materials, Rivera's wide-ranging objects of inquiry include fiction, non-fiction, essays, treaties, legal materials, political speeches, magazines, articles, cartoons, and advertisements created by both Mexicans and Anglo Americans. Engaging and methodologically venturesome, Rivera's study is a crucial contribution to Chicano/Latino Studies and fields of cultural studies, history, government, anthropology, and literary studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: “How Do You Make the Invisible, Visible?” Locating Stories of Mexican Peoplehood
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 1 Don Zavala Goes to Washington:Translating U.S. Democracy
  2. pp. 24-50
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  1. 2 Constituting Terra Incognita:The “Mexican Question” in U.S. Print Culture
  2. pp. 51-81
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  1. 3 Embodying Manifest Destiny: Mar
  2. pp. 82-109
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  1. 4 Claiming Los Bilitos: Miguel Antonio Oteroand the Fight for New Mexican Manhood
  2. pp. 110-134
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  1. 5 “Con su pluma en su mano”: Américo Paredes andthe Poetics of “Mexican American” Peoplehood
  2. pp. 135-164
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-188
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 189-203
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-210
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 211
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