Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800-1850

Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800-1850

by Andres Resendez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521835550

ISBN-13: 9780521835558

Pub. Date: 09/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores how the diverse and fiercely independent peoples of Texas and New Mexico came to think of themselves as members of one particular national community or another in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglo Americans made agonizing and crucial identity decisions against the backdrop of two structural…  See more details below

Overview

This book explores how the diverse and fiercely independent peoples of Texas and New Mexico came to think of themselves as members of one particular national community or another in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglo Americans made agonizing and crucial identity decisions against the backdrop of two structural transformations taking place in the region during the first half of the nineteenth century and often pulling in opposite directions. On the one hand, the Mexican government sought to bring its frontier inhabitants into the national fold by relying on administrative and patronage linkages; but on the other, Mexico's northern frontier gravitated toward the expanding American economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521835558
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1Carved spaces : Mexico's far north, the American Southwest, or Indian domains?15
2A nation made visible : patronage, power, and ritual56
3The spirit of mercantile enterprise93
4The benediction of the Roman ritual124
5The Texas revolution and the not-so-secret history of shifting loyalties146
6The fate of governor Albino Perez171
7State, market, and literary cultures197
8New Mexico at the Razor's edge237
9Conclusion264

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