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Beyond the Book

320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 16 illus., 4 tables, 2 figs., 1 map, notes, index

Beyond the Alamo

Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861


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.

About the Author

Raúl A. Ramos is associate professor of history at the University of Houston.


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