320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 16 illus., 4 tables, 2 figs., 1 map, notes, index
Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861
2011 San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award
2008 T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award, Texas Historical Commission
2010 NACCS-Tejas Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Tejas Foco
Cleotilde P. Garcia Tejano Book Commendation, Texas State Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Association
Introducing a new model for the transnational history of the United States, Raúl Ramos places Mexican Americans at the center of the Texas creation story. He focuses on Mexican-Texan, or Tejano, society in a period of political transition beginning with the year of Mexican independence. Ramos explores the factors that helped shape the ethnic identity of the Tejano population, including cross-cultural contacts between Bexareños, indigenous groups, and Anglo-Americans, as they negotiated the contingencies and pressures on the frontier of competing empires.
"Ramos perceptively notes that despite their subordinate status, Tejanos resisted the status quo and sustained a measure of political influence through the century."
--Journal of American History
"Succeeds in 'bringing contemporary insight and relevance to the study of the past' and Texas history. . . . Recommended."
"[Ramos's] first fine book demonstrates [that] history has no conclusion; it evolves in response to our present. . . . [Ramos has] an insider's passion for local detail and an academic's instinct to set this evidence in its broadest cultural context. . . . [Ramos] reveals how deeply this revolutionary era penetrated individual lives."
--San Antonio Express News
"An interesting and readable contribution to the discussion of identity formation in borderlands and Texas history from a Tejano point of view."
--East Texas Historical Journal
"Clearly written and thoroughly researched . . . not only a significant addition to scholarship on Chicano/a history, immigration, and nationalism, but also a work accessible to academics and students alike."
--Canadian Journal of History
"Impressive . . . tells a fascinating story of how the population of Texas, under a developing republic, created a tapestry of regional identities."
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