Naturalizing Mexican immigrants : a Texas history / by Martha Menchaca.

By: Menchaca, MarthaMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011Edition: 1st edDescription: x, 372 p. : ill. ; 23 cmISBN: 9780292725577 (cloth : alk. paper); 0292725574 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780292726444 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0292726449 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Mexican Americans -- Government policy -- Texas -- History | Mexican Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Texas -- History | Immigrants -- Texas -- History | Naturalization -- Texas -- History | Citizenship -- Texas -- History | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History | Mexico -- Emigration and immigration -- History | Texas -- Ethnic relations | Texas -- Politics and government | Naturalization records -- TexasDDC classification: 323.6/2 LOC classification: F395.M5 | M46 2011
Contents:
From the making of the U.S./Mexico border to the U.S. Civil War -- The politics of naturalization policy in Texas : the case of Mexican immigrants -- Ricardo Rodriguez and the People's Party in the 1890s -- From the Spanish-American War to the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution -- Mexican women and naturalization : the era of the woman suffrage movement -- Then and now : the path toward citizenship -- Appendix 1: Texas naturalization records and archives, pre-1906 -- Appendix 2: Persons naturalized in Texas and by Mexican origin, 1907-2009.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-366) and index.

From the making of the U.S./Mexico border to the U.S. Civil War -- The politics of naturalization policy in Texas : the case of Mexican immigrants -- Ricardo Rodriguez and the People's Party in the 1890s -- From the Spanish-American War to the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution -- Mexican women and naturalization : the era of the woman suffrage movement -- Then and now : the path toward citizenship -- Appendix 1: Texas naturalization records and archives, pre-1906 -- Appendix 2: Persons naturalized in Texas and by Mexican origin, 1907-2009.

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CHOICE Review

Menchaca (anthropology, Univ. of Texas, Austin) offers another informative work on Mexicans (e.g., Recovering History, Constructing Race, CH, Jul'02, 39-6646; The Mexican Outsiders, CH, Apr'96, 33-4722). This historical narrative focuses on Texas from the mid-19th century to 1921. The case study is background to chapter 5, which critically examines current national debates on citizenship and the birthright movement's efforts to change the Fourteenth Amendment. Menchaca's main argument in chapters 1-4 is that "voting is the main reason Mexicans have chosen to naturalize." The author chronicles efforts by Anglo Texans to end the franchise for immigrants (legal until 1921), then to obstruct the franchise for Mexican Americans. The book's title does not reflect the study's extensive coverage, which goes beyond laws concerning immigrants to include electoral politics and the political and economic histories of Texas, the US, and Mexico. Menchaca asserts that today's birthers movement is only the latest nativist attack on Mexicans. Effective use of primary and secondary sources, short footnote section, extensive bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. L. J. Quintanilla Lone Star College

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