Crucible of Struggle: A History of Mexican Americans from the Colonial Period to the Present Era / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 67%)
Est. Return Date: 05/30/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 36%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $27.94
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 34%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $27.94   
  • New (7) from $33.45   
  • Used (4) from $27.94   


Latinos in the U.S. are a major political, economic, and cultural force which is changing the national identity of this country. In fact, statistics show that by the year 2100, half of the United States population may be Latino. And two of every three of America's Latinos are Mexican. Mexicans are the oldest settelers of the United States, and they are also the nation's largest group of recent immigrant arrivals. Their population is increasing faster than that of all other Latino groups combined. The growing importance of this minority group, which will be felt strongly in twenty-first century America, calls for a fresh assessment of Mexican American history.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An excellent survey of Mexican American history from colonial times to the present. . . Focused mainly on the structural forces that have shaped socio-economic conditions of Mexicans in the U. S., Crucible of Struggle is sure to quickly replace the canonic texts now available for teaching Mexican American history."--Ramón A. Gutiérrez, University of Chicago

"An impressive achievement--in one grand sweep, Vargas covers Mexican American history from Spanish settlement to the present day, taking the first 300 years as seriously as the last one hundred."--Sarah Deutsch, Duke University

"Crucible of Struggle is an exciting new history of Mexican Americans from the Spanish colonial period to the Latino present. Based on the latest and best scholarly research, this prodigious work goes into greater depth than previous surveys on generally unknown subjects, such as Mexican American heroism in armed conflicts from the Civil War through World War II."--John Chávez, Southern Methodist University

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195158519
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/23/2010
  • Series: AAR Aids for the Study of Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 110,678
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


The Era of the Spanish Northern Frontier to 1821
Spanish Institutions and Mixed-Race Society of the Northern Frontier
The Founding of New Mexico
Resisting Spanish Colonization: The Pueblo Revolt of 1680
Duty to the Crown and Church Fulfilled: The Spanish Reconquest of New Mexico
A Buffer Zone Against Expansion: Spanish Colonial Texas
The Apache and Comanche Threat in Texas
The Condition of the Spanish Texas Colony in the Early Nineteenth Century
Guarding the Western Periphery: Spanish Colonial Alta California
Mexican Independence Comes to the Northern Frontier

Life and Society in Mexico's Northern Borderlands, 1821-1846
Indian Relations on the Northern Frontier After Mexican Independence
Men of the Plains: New Mexican Ciboleros and Comancheros
The Opening of Commercial Markets: The Taos Trade Fair and the Santa Fe Trail
Conflict in New Mexico—the 1837 Revolt
Tejano Life on the Texas Frontier Under Mexico
The Never Ending Indian Menace: Comanche Raids in Texas
The Growing Conflict in Texas with Mexico
The Drive for Texas Independence
Making California Mexican
The California Missions: Making Indians Faithful and Industrious Christians
The Golden Age of California Ranching
The Californio Era Revolts Against Mexican Rule

Mexican Americans in the Era of War and American
Westward Expansion
The Southwest on the Eve of the Mexican War
The Outbreak of War
The American Occupation of New Mexico
The 1847 Taos Revolt Against American Occupation of New Mexico
The American Occupation of California
The Battles at Monterrey and Buena Vista
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: The Enduring Paradox

Mexican Americans from the 1850s to the End of the Civil War
Mexican Americans in the Post-Conquest Southwest
The Californio Banditti Joaquín Murieta and Tiburcio Vasquez
Juan Cortina: Champion and Hated Villain of the Texas Border Region
Mexican Americans in the American Civil War
Mexican Americans Fight in the Indian Wars

Mexican Americans in the Southwest, 1870 to the Early
Twentieth Century
The Mexican Americans of California
The Tejanos and Mexicans of Texas
Disenfranchising Tejanos Voters as Political Strategy
The Mexicans of Arizona and New Mexico
The United States and the New Mexico Land Grants Question
Las Gorras Blancas and El Centillo de Diablo (the Devil's Hatband)
Statehood for New Mexico and Arizona?
The New Southwest Economy and the First Modern Phase of Mexican Immigration to the United States

Mexican Immigration, Work, Urbanization, and Americanization,
Mexican Labor Strife and Struggle
Tejano Freedom Fighters: The Plan de San Diego
The Killing Fields of South Texas
Immigration from Mexico During the 1910-1920 Years
Mexicans, World War I, and the 1920-1921 Depression
Mexican Immigration from 1920 to 1929
Mexican Los Angeles
Mexicans in the Rocky Mountain and Plains States
Mexicans in the Urban Industrial Heartland
Mexicans and Social and Cultural Change and Americanization
Mexican Mutualism and Fraternalism

The Mexican American Struggle for Labor Rights in the Era of the
Great Depression
The Plight of Mexicans in the Early Years of the Great Depression
The Repatriation Campaign Unfolds
Mexicans in the Era of the National Recovery Act
Mexican Women Workers Battle for Equality
Mexican Coal Miner's Wage War in Gallup
Tejano Struggles for Unionism in South Texas
Emma Tenayuca Brings Social Justice to San Antonio's Mexicans
The 1938 Strike by San Antonio's Pecan Shellers
The UCAPAWA Organizes Colorado's Mexican Farm Workers
Mexican American CIO Unionists Organize Los Angeles and Southern California

The Mexican American People in the World War II Era
Mexican Americans on the Eve of the Second World War
Justice Delayed: The Sleepy Lagoon Incident
Mexican Americans and the Sinarquista Menace
America's War at Home: The Los Angeles Zoot Suit Riots
Mexican American GIs on the Pacific and European War Fronts
Mexican Americans Fight Against Discrimination: The Case of Los Angeles
Mexican American Women War Workers
Braceros: The Mexican Contract Labor Program Begins
American Race Relations and Mexican Americans

Mexican Americans in the Postwar Years, 1946-1963
Forgotten: The Status of Mexican Americans in Postwar America
Mexican Americans in the Early Post-War American Labor Movement
The Radicalism of ANMA
Mexican Americans and the Community Service Organization
Mexican Americans Caught in the Web of the Red Scare
Mexican Americans in the Dragnets of Operation Wetback and Operation Terror
Civil Rights Litigation by Mexican Americans
Don't Bow to the Powers that Be: Shifts in the Mexican American Rights Movement
Mexican Americans and the Democratic Party

Mexican Americans in the Protest Era, 1964-1974
Viva La Huelga!-Gaining Ground for Farm Workers
The People's Choice: Reis López Tijerina and the New Mexico Land Grants Movement
Cultural Nationalism and Community Control—The Crusade for Justice
A Search for Identity: The Chicano Student Movement
Righteous Discontent: The Chicana Women's Movement
Raza Sí! Guerra No!-The National Chicano War Moratorium
"Pardon My English"—La Raza Unida Party

Mexican Americans at the End of the 20th Century
Mexican Americans and Reagan's "New Morning in America"
"Tú Voto Es Tú Voz" (Your Vote is Your Voice): Mexican Americans and the Political
Mexican Americans and the Civil Wars in Central America
Unemployment, Drugs, Gang Warfare, and the 1992 Rodney King Riots
The 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act, the English-Only Movement, and Proposition
"Fight the Power": From the Bakke Decision to Proposition 209
Mexican American Workers Organize
"NAFTA's Gonna Shaft Ya": Mexican Americans and the North American Free Trade
Latino—A New National Identity and Continued Immigration

Epilogue—Mexican Americans in the New Millennium

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)