Contested Homeland: A Chicano History of New Mexico / Edition 1

Contested Homeland: A Chicano History of New Mexico / Edition 1

by Erlinda Gonzales-Berry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826321992

ISBN-13: 2900826321991

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Many books deal with New Mexico's past, but the twelve original essays here reinterpret that history for the first time from a Chicano perspective. Self-determination, resistance, and cultural maintenance are the recurring themes in the lives and struggles of Nuevomexicanos from 1848 to the present. The conflict has been not solely with the customs and institutions

Overview

Many books deal with New Mexico's past, but the twelve original essays here reinterpret that history for the first time from a Chicano perspective. Self-determination, resistance, and cultural maintenance are the recurring themes in the lives and struggles of Nuevomexicanos from 1848 to the present. The conflict has been not solely with the customs and institutions Anglos introduced—though certainly that has occurred. On a more fundamental level, the clash has been over modernization—how the Spanish language, folk traditions, and land grants can survive as a heritage for future generations amid English, new and secular values, and real estate booms and speculation.

Nuevomexicanos have confronted colonialism, ethnocentrism, and racism throughout their history. But as these essays make clear, pride in Spanish descent runs deep in New Mexico and has led to a vibrancy unmatched in any other region in the United States. Nuevomexicanos have not simply survived or endured. They have secured their influence through the highest level of education among all Chicanos in the United States, through greater political representation at the local and national level—and in both major parties—than in any other state, and through a culture that has simultaneously resisted and adapted to change.

"This collection is a first in taking a Chicano perspective. . . . An outstanding, important work. "—John R. Chávez, Southern Methodist University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900826321991
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
326

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part 1The Nineteenth Century: Overview12
Chapter 1New Mexico Resistance to U.S. Occupation during the Mexican-American War of 1846-184823
Chapter 2The Return to Mexico: The Relocation of New Mexican Families to Chihuahua and the Confirmation of a Frontier Region, 1848-185443
Chapter 3The People's Movement: Las Gorras Blancas59
Part 2The Twentieth Century: Overview84
Chapter 4Spanish American Ethnic Identity and New Mexico's Statehood Struggle97
Chapter 5Nuevo Mexico by Any Other Name: Creating a State from an Ancestral Homeland143
Chapter 6Which Language Will Our Children Speak? The Spanish Language and Public Education Policy in New Mexico, 1890-1930169
Chapter 7The Political Development of New Mexico Hispanas191
Chapter 8The Forgotten Diaspora: Mexican Immigration to New Mexico215
Chapter 9La Plaza Vieja (Old Town Alburquerque): The Transformation of a Hispano Village, 1880s-1950s239
Chapter 10La Reconquista: The Chicano Movement in New Mexico269
Notes on Contributors303
Index305

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