Manifest Destinies, Second Edition: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura E. Gomez
A key resource for understanding the complex history of Mexican Americans and the racial classification in the United States reflects the destinies of the story of Mexican Native Americans -…
Manifest Destinies, Second Edition synopsis
A key resource for understanding the complex history of Mexican Americans and the racial classification in the United States reflects the destinies of the story of Mexican Native Americans - who lived in northern Mexico in 1846 during the beginning of the Mexican-American War. The war suddenly ended two years later, and 115,000 Mexicans became American citizens overnight.
However, their status as full Americans was poor at best. Due to a variety of legal and political maneuvers, Mexican Americans were largely confined to the status of the second class.
How did this classification happen, and what are the implications of contemporary Mexican Americans? Views fill the gap in American racial history by linking Western expansion to slavery and civil war. Laura I.
Gomez shows how white supremacy dominated a hierarchy of American Mexicans for both Native Americans and African Americans. This book engages in conversations and debates about the social construction of race, reveals how certain groups have become racist, and how ethnic groups can not only change immediately, but also the ways in which they change over time.
This new edition has been updated to reflect the latest evidence regarding the ways in which Mexican and other Latin Americans were distinguished in both the 20th and early 21st centuries. The book ultimately concludes that it is a problem to continue to speak the language of ethnic origin of Latin origin rather than Latin Latinos as well as other major ethnic groups in the United States.
You must read to anyone who cares about racial injustice and classification today. Listen to Laura Gomez interviews on Brian Lehrer's program, RadioWisconsin General, Texas Public Radio, and KRWG..
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