Mongrels, bastards, orphans, and vagabonds : Mexican immigration and the future of race in America / Gregory Rodriguez.

By: Rodriguez, GregoryMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008Edition: 1st Vintage Books edDescription: xvii, 317 p. ; 21 cmISBN: 9780375713200 (pbk.); 0375713204 (pbk.)Subject(s): Mexican Americans -- History | Mexican Americans -- Ethnic identity | Chicano movement | Mexico -- Emigration and immigration -- History | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- HistoryLOC classification: E184.M5 | R587 2008
Preface -- birth of a people -- rise and fall of the Spanish colonial racial system -- Spaniards venture North -- Mexicans and the limits of slavery -- Anglos move West -- Caught between North and South -- Becoming Mexican American -- Chicano movement -- Mongrel America and the new assimilation -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
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Preface -- 1. The birth of a people -- 2. The rise and fall of the Spanish colonial racial system -- 3. The Spaniards venture North -- 4. Mexicans and the limits of slavery -- 5. The Anglos move West -- 6. Caught between North and South -- 7. Becoming Mexican American -- 8. The Chicano movement -- 9. Mongrel America and the new assimilation -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-304) and index.

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Rodriguez (New America Foundation) has written a concise yet comprehensive insightful history of Mexican Americans, much more extensive than the oversimplified immigration issue that television viewers are exposed to daily. The author begins with Spanish migration to the Americas and subsequent encounter with Natives in Yucatan in 1519, and continues to today's Mexican American population in the US. The book is a serious work, yet not dry history. Anecdotal evidence along with related sources gives the book a distinctly rich character. Rodriguez presents Mexican Americans, too often ignored or erroneously portrayed, in a more positive light. The author points to centuries of acculturation and assimilation. This long experience and a broader, more open, perspective toward race and color should help Americans begin to better understand themselves. The timely topic of race, color, and gender that has been infused into this year's presidential campaign is long overdue as a national discussion. This book is valuable for such a conversation. It includes a treasure trove of footnoted sources for more ambitious readers to discover supplementary materials. Rodriguez undertakes an ambitious task and succeeds brilliantly. From beginning to conclusion, the book is thought-provoking and a delight to read. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. J. E. Garza University of Texas--Pan American

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Gregory Rodriguez studied the sociology of the Latinization of California at UCLA. He has been a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute in Washington, D.C., a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Opinion Section and a political analyst for MSNBC. His work has appeared in many of the nation's leading publications, including The New York Times , The Economist , The Washington Post , The Nation , and The New Republic .

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