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When A History of the Mexican-American People was first published in 1977 it was greeted with enthusiasm for its straightforward, objective account of the Mexican-American role in U.S. history. Since that time the text has been used with great success in high school and university courses. This new, revised edition of the book continues the history of Mexican-Americans up to the early 1990s.

Samora covers such topics as the exploration and northward Spanish expansion into what is now the United States, Mexico’s independence from Spain, the Treaty of Guaddalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican-American War, the impact of the Mexican Revolution on both sides of the border, and the effect of mass migrations from Mexico to the United States. This edition also contains a revised chapter on Chicano contributions to the art, literature, music, and theater from the mid-1950s through the early 1990s, as well as a new chapter on the religious life of Mexican-Americans.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Julian Samora
    Patricia Vandel Simon
  3. p. xiii
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  1. Sources of Illustrations
  2. p. xiv
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  1. PART ONE: The Indian-Spanish Heritage
  1. CHAPTER I Introduction
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. CHAPTER 2 The Mexican Americans
  2. pp. 8-13
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  1. CHAPTER 3 Conquest of Mexico
  2. pp. 14-25
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  1. CHAPTER 4 Dreamers and Schemers
  2. pp. 26-34
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  1. CHAPTER 5 Farms and Forts—The Expanding Settlement
  2. pp. 35-40
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  1. CHAPTER 6 The Buffer State
  2. pp. 41-49
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  1. CHAPTER 7 Mission Settlements
  2. pp. 50-58
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  1. PART TWO: The Foreign Intrusion
  1. CHAPTER 8 Threatened Colonies I: European Competitors
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. CHAPTER 9 Threatened Colonies II: The Anglo Invasion
  2. pp. 69-77
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  1. CHAPTER 10 Frontier in Conflict
  2. pp. 78-87
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  1. CHAPTER 11 The Ultimate Violence
  2. pp. 88-97
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  1. CHAPTER 12 Heritage of Bitterness
  2. pp. 98-106
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  1. CHAPTER 13 The New Southwest
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. PART THREE: The Mexican Heritage
  1. CHAPTER 14 Invasion From the South
  2. pp. 121-133
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  1. CHAPTER 15 Cheap Labor
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. CHAPTER 16 The Mexican American in an Industrial Age
  2. pp. 151-158
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  1. PART FOUR: The New Awareness
  1. CHAPTER 17 Search for Equality
  2. pp. 161-172
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  1. CHAPTER 18 Striving for Self-Determination
  2. pp. 173-188
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  1. CHAPTER 19 Organizing for Survival
  2. pp. 189-203
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  1. CHAPTER 20 A Rich Tradition Continues
  2. pp. 204-222
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  1. CHAPTER 21 The Religious Dimension of Mexican Americans
  2. pp. 223-234
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  1. CHAPTER 22 What the Future Holds
  2. pp. 235-246
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  1. Appendix I
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Appendix II
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-256
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