This volume in the Major Problems in American History series chronicles the history of Mexican-Americans from the pre-Colonial era through the present.
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Note: Each chapter concludes with Further Reading. 1. Interpreting the Chicano Past ESSAYS Gilbert G. Gonzalez and Raul Fernandez, Alternative Approaches to Chicano History Alex M. Saragoza, Recent Approaches to Chicano History David G. Gutierrez, Chicano/a Historians and the Revision of Western History 2. The Precolonial Period DOCUMENTS A Franciscan Friar Describes the Land and People of New Mexico, 1541 Spain Asserts Control over the Indians of Nueva Galicia, Mexico, 1570 The Pueblo Indian's Call for War, 1680 Teodoro de Croix Reports on Pacifying the Indians in California, 1781 Colonel Don Antonio Cordero Describes the Apaches, 1796 ESSAYS Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez, Cultural Roots of Ancient Southwest Indians Carroll L. Riley, The Indians of the Southwest in 1492 Antonia I. Castaneda, Sexual Violence and the Politics of Conquest in Alta California 3. Early Mexicano Communities on the Northern Frontier, the Spanish Colonial Period to 1821 DOCUMENTS Bishop Tamaron Visits New Mexico, 1760 Captain Pierre Marie Francoois de Pages Reports on Early Settlements in Texas, 1767 Survivor Maria Ana Montielo Recounts the Uprising at Yuma, Arizona, 1781 Jean Francois La Perouse Describes the Mission Indians of Carmel, California, 1786 Justice of the Peace Cornelio Vigil Restores a Land Grant to New Mexican Citizens, 1842 ESSAYS Antonia I. Castaneda, Gender, Race, and Culture in the History of the California Frontier Gerald E. Poyo and Gilbert M. Hinojosa, Spanish Texas and Borderlands Historiography 4. Early Mexicano Life and Society in the Southwest, 1821-1846 DOCUMENTS Eulalia Perez Recalls Early California, 1823 Captain Frederick W. Beechy Describes the California Missions, 1826 General Manuel Mier y Teran Reports on the Texas-Coahuila Territory, 1828-1829 Eulalia Yorba Gives an Eyewitness Account of the Siege of the Alamo, 1836 Olibama Lopez Recalls Pioneer Life in Colorado's San Luis Valley in the Early Nineteenth Century Joshua Gregg Paints a Picture of La Tules Ralph Emerson Twitchell Offers an Opinion of La Tules ESSAYS David J. Weber, Mythmaking and the Texas Revolution Holly Beachley Brear, Creating the Myth of the Alamo Deena J. Gonzalez, La Tules of Image and Reality 5. Mexican Americans After the Mexican War, 1848-1860 DOCUMENTS The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Establishes Borders, 1848 Secretary of State James Buchanan Reacts to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848 John Rollin Ridge Reflects on the Life of Joaquin Murieta, 1850 A California Newspaper Condemns Violence Against Mexicans, 1856 William W.H. Davis Comments on the Customs of the Spanish-speaking New Mexicans, 1857 John Hittel Reviews Mexican Land Claims in California, 1857 Juan Cortina Calls Texas Mexicans to Armed Resistance, 1859 ESSAYS Leonard Pitt, The Origins of Nativism in California Antonia I. Castaneda, Anglo American Stereotypes of Californianas Arnoldo De Leon, Life for Mexicans in Texas After the 1836 Revolution 6. Conflict and Community Among Mexican Americans in the Southwest, Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries DOCUMENTS Mexico's Investigative Commission Reports on Violence and Theft Along the Texas-Mexico Border, 1873 Miguel Antonio Otero Remembers New Mexico, 1880 Las Gorras Blancas Announce Their Platform, 1890 The Californio "First Families" Are Recalled, 1891 Gregorio Cortez Is Immortalized in Song, 1901 ESSAYS Deena J. Gonzalez, The Unmarried Women of Santa Fe, 1850-1880 Sara Deutsch, Chicano/a Frontier and Regional Communities in the Southwest 7. Struggle and Strife: Social Conditions of Mexican Americans, 1910-1917 DOCUMENTS Victor S. Clark Comments on Changes in Mexican Immigration to the United States, 1908 The Reverend Pedro Grado Addresses El Congreso Mexicanista, 1911 Flores de Andrade Recalls Her Revolutionary Activity as an Immigrant in El Paso, Texas, 1911 Samuel Bryan Analyses Increases in Mexican Immigration, 1912 "Los sediciosos" (The Seditionists) Commemorates Mexican American Resistance in South Texas, 1915 ESSAYS Mario T. Garcia, Mexican Immigrant Women in El Paso, Texas Emilio Zamora, Mexican Voluntary Organizations of South Texas 8. The Mexican Immigrant Experience, 1917-1928 DOCUMENTS The Reverend Robert N. McLean Assesses Protestant Religious Work Among Mexicans, 1923 The Reverend Robert N. McLean Reports on Colorado Mexicans, 1924 Anita Edgar Jones Surveys Mexican Life in Chicago, 1928 Ernesto Galarza Defends Mexican Immigrants, 1929 Merton E. Hill Outlines a Program for Americanizing the Mexicans, 1931 Elisa Silva Describes Mexican Immigrant Life in Los Angeles, 1920s ESSAYS Zaragosa Vargas, Mexican Immigrants in the Midwest Vicki L. Ruiz, The Acculturation of Young Mexican American Women 9. Mexican Americans in the Great Depression, 1929-1941 DOCUMENTS U.S. Commissioner General of Immigration Reports on Mexican Immigration, 1931 Carey McWilliams Assails Mexican Repatriation from California, 1933 Frank C. McDonald Recounts Events Leading to Mediation of the California Cotton Pickers Strike, 1933 Elsie Chavez Chilton Recalls Relatives Working with the Civilian Conservation Corps Near Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1930s Susana Archuleta Looks Back at Jobs with the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Youth Administration in Northern New Mexico, 1930s Bert Corona Remembers the Civil Works Administration Camps in El Paso, Texas, 1934 Philip Stevenson Describes the Deportation of Jesus Palleres, 1936 Emma Tenayuca Reminisces About Labor Organizing in San Antonio, Texas, 1936-1938 ESSAYS Devra Anne Weber, Oral History and Mexicana Farmworkers Maria E. Montoya, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northern New Mexico 10. Mexican Americans and World War II, 1941-1945 DOCUMENTS Raul Morin Discusses Mexican Americans in Military Service, 19421 The Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs Applauds the Mexican American War Effort, 1943 Los Angeles Times Appeals for and End to the Zoot Suit wars, 1943 The Citizen's Committee for the Defense of Mexican American Youth Reports on the Sleepy Lagoon Case, 1943 Beatrice Morales Clifton Recalls Her Experiences at a California Lockheed Plane Factory, 1944 Carlos E. Castaneda Testifies on Job Discrimination Against Mexican Americans in War Defense Industries, 1945 ESSAYS Stuart Cosgrove, An Interpretation of the Causes of the Zoot-Suit Wars Richard A. Santillan, The Contributions of Mexican American Women Workers in the Midwest to the War Effort 11. Mexican Americans in the Cold War Years, 1945-1960 DOCUMENTS Mendez et al. v. Westminister School District Addresses School Segregation, 1946 Isabel Gonzalez Offers a Dismal Report on Mexican Americans, 1947 Beatrice W. Griffith Analyzes Eduardo Roybal's Election to the Los Angeles City Council, 1949 Hart Stilwell Warns of the Problem of Undocumented Mexican Immigration, 1949 The American GI Forum and the Texas State Federation of Labor Condemn Undocumented Mexican Immigration, 1953 ESSAYS Mario T. Garcia, The Asociacion Nacional Mexico-Americana (ANMA) Kitty Calavita, The U.S. Government's Unofficial Role in the Bracero Program 12. The Struggle for Chicano Power, 1965-1974 DOCUMENTS Maria Moreno Remembers Farmworker Life, 1965 Ernest Vigil Opposes Induction to Fight in Vietnam, 1968 Reies Lopez Tijerina Writes an Open Letter from the Santa Fe Jail, 1969 The Chicano Coordinating Council on Higher Education Discusses the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MECHA), 1969 Armando Rendon Recalls the Winter Garden Project of the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), 1969 Cesar Chavez Speaks with Bob Fitch About La Causa, 1970 Lea Ybarra and Nina Genera Report on Chicano Mobilization Against the Vietnam War, 1972 ESSAYS Armando Navarro, The Mexican American Youth Organization Margaret Rose, The Significant Role of Chicanas in the United Farm Workers' Boycott 13. The Gaining of Power: Chicano Political Empowerment, 1964-1980 DOCUMENTS Grape Workers Issue Boycott Day Proclamation , 1969 Jose Angel Gutierrez Calls for Political Action, 1970 La Raza Unida Convention Announces Its Priorities, 1972 Dolores Huerta Recalls Democrat and Republican Response to the Farmworker Issue, 1972 Vilma S. Martinez Testifies Before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights About the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), 1975 Juan Vasquez Discusses Willie Velasquez and the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), 1979 ESSAYS Ignacio M. Garcia, The 1972 Campaign of Ramsey Muniz for Governor of Texas Tony Castro, Gaining the Mexican American Vote in the 1972 Presidential Elections 14. The Chicano Experience in Contemporary America DOCUMENTS Journalist Frank del Olmo Characterizes Southern California's Latinos as "A People Living on the Bridge Between Two Worlds," 1983 Lety Martinez Gonzalez Writes About Life as an Undocumented Mexican in California, 1990 Marta Lopez-Garza Chronicles the Chicano Quest for Power in Los Angeles, 1992 Nina Schuyler Reports on the Mothers of East Los Angeles and Their Struggle for Their Community, 1992 George Ramos and Tracy Wilkinson Analyze the Los Angeles Riots, 1992 Ruben Martinez Describes the Fight Against Proposition 187, 1995 Frank del Olmo Explains What Latinos Have to Lose by Proposition 209, 1996 ESSAYS Mary S. Prado, Mexican American Women's Activism in East Los Angeles Rodolfo F. Acuna, The Struggle for Control of Los Angeles Government Elizabeth Martinez, Latina Liberation
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