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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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F869.S395 H33 1996 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001731785

Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-269) and index.

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Despite its misleading title this book is local history written from a minority perspective. Haas (Univ. of California--Santa Cruz) has searched primary source materials, including oral history collections, to offer unique views of San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana, California. The early chapters focus on Indian adaptation to Spanish and Californio subjugation in and around the mission community. The book's second half concentrates on the increasing victimization of the Hispanic population of Santa Ana, a city in Orange County. The value of this work lies in the revealed minority voices and their recovered past. Readers would have been better served if Haas had dumped the pretentious methodological introduction and concentrated on letting Native Americans and Mexican Americans tell their stories. Moreover, the editorial work leaves much to be desired. In several places California's great historian Hubert Howe Bancroft is given the first name of "Herbert," while ethnologist Edward Spicer is rechristened "William." Such glitches impair an otherwise valuable study. Upper-division undergraduates and above. G. Thompson; University of Toledo

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Lisbeth Haas is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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