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Ramos explores the factors that helped shape the ethnic identity of the Tejano population, including cross-cultural contacts between Bexare?os, indigenous groups, and Anglo-Americans, as they negotiated the contingencies and pressures on the frontier of competing empires. Initial peace gave way to violence as tensions between Anglo-American immigrants and the Mexican government made cultural brokerage impossible, leading to Texas's secession from Mexico and subsequent annexation by the United States. Ramos demonstrates that Bexare?os turned to their experience on the frontier to forge a new ethnic identity within dominant American culture. The nineteenth-century story of the Tejano people, who went from political dominance in 1821 to political minority in 1861, is a story of declension, but it is also a story of resurgence in the face of changing conditions and oppressive circumstances.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-11
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Forging Identity in the Borderlands: Situating San Antonio de Béxar
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. PROLOGUE: Life in a Norteño Town
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. PART I. TREE WORLDS IN 1821
  2. pp. 25-43
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  1. 1. Making Mexico: Insurgency and Social Order in Béxar
  2. pp. 27-52
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  1. 2. Indigenous Identities: Locating “lo Indio” in the Tejano World
  2. pp. 53-80
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  1. 3. American Immigrants: Colonization and Tejano Identity
  2. pp. 81-108
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  1. PART II. BECOMING TEJANO
  2. pp. 109-127
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  1. 4. Disrupting the Balance: Colonization Troubles, 1828–1834
  2. pp. 111-132
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  1. 5. La Pérdida de Tejas: Tejanos and the War of Texas Secession, 1834–1837
  2. pp. 133-166
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  1. 6. Tejanos as a Suspect Class: The End of Secession, 1837–1848
  2. pp. 167-204
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  1. 7. Voting and Violence: Tejanos and Ethnic Politics, 1848–1861
  2. pp. 205-230
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  1. CONCLUSION: Challenging Identities: Transnational Becomes Local
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 239-280
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 281-297
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469604657
Related ISBN
9780807871249
MARC Record
OCLC
647832660
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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