Latino/a Thought brings together the most important writings that shape Latino consciousness, culture, and activism today. This historical anthology is unique in its presentation of cross cultural writings—especially from Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban writers and political documents—that shape the ideology and experience of U.S. Latinos. Students can read, first hand, the works or authors who most shaped their cultural heritage. They are guided by vivid introductions that set each article or document in its historical context and describe its relevance today. The writings touch on many themes, but are guided by this book's concern for a quest for public citizenship among all Latino populations and a better understanding of racialized populations in the U.S. today.
With the publication of this new edition of Latino/a Thought, Vazquez has done a great service to scholars, the Latino community, and the general public. Framed within the global and transnational context and the history of Latino struggles for social justice and political empowerment, this is simply the best, most comprehensive, collection of essays available on the Latinos/as in the United States. Readers will find here a wide range of documents and analyses of critical historical, socioeconomic, political, and cultural concern. It is an ideal primer for the classroom or simply for all those seeking a well-rounded overview of the historical and contemporary Latino/a reality.
Francisco H. Vázquez is professor of history and philosophy and director of the Hutchins Institute for Public Policy Studies and Community Action at Sonoma State University, California. Among his publications are: 'Philosophy in Mexico: The Opium of the Intellectuals or a Prophetic Insight,' (Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory, Vol. 4, No. 3 , 1980) and 'Chicanology: A Postmodern Analysis of Meshicano Discourse,' (Perspectives in Mexican Amercian Studies, Volume 3, 1992).
1 General Introduction: Who Are These People And What Do They Want? 2 Introduction For Students: Why We Love Power But Hate Politics Part 3 PART I: ORIGINS AND THEORIES Chapter 4 A.A Dream Of Justice: Contexts, Methods And Practices In Latino/A Thought Chapter 5 1. I Am Joaquín: An Epic Poem Chapter 6 2. A Continental American Quest For Democracy Chapter 7 3. The Chicana Woman: An Historical Materialist Perspective Chapter 8 4. Chicanology: Law, Class Struggle, And Power/Knowledge Chapter 9 B. Seduction And Aggression: The Birth Of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans And Cuban-Americans As Territorial, Involuntary, And Cultural U.S. Citizens Part 10 PART II MEXICAN AND AMERICANS Chapter 11 A. First Encounters Between Anglo And Mexican Americans. Chapter 12 5. The Making Of A Tejano: The Personal Memoirs Of John N. Seguín, Jesús De La Teja Chapter 13 B. The United States War With Mexico Chapter 14 6. Letter From James Buchanan, And Selections From The Treaty Of Guadalupe Hidalgo Chapter 15 C. The Fragile Political Status Of Mexican Americans And Their Continued Fight For Inclusion Chapter 16 7. El Primer Congreso Mexicanista De 1911: A Precursor To Contemporary Chicanismo Chapter 17 8. Epilogue From Decade Of Betrayal Chapter 18 9. The Organizer's Tale Chapter 19 10. Brown Beret National Policies Chapter 20 11. Queer Aztlán: The Re-Formation Of Chicano Tribe Chapter 21 12. Class And Culture Wars In The New Latino Politics Part 22 PART III CUBANS AND AMERICANS Chapter 23 A. The Treaty Of Paris: Exchanging Colonial Masters Or Establishing Relations Of Mutual Desire? Chapter 24 13. Meanings In Transition Chapter 25 14. The Platt Amendment (1901) Chapter 26 B. Cuban Self-Determination Under U.S. Hegemony Chapter 27 15. El Exilio: National Security Interests And The Origins Of The Cuban Exile Enclave Chapter 28 16. Havana USA Chapter 29 17. Poem: Last-Mambo-In-Miami Part 30 PART IV PUERTO RICAN AND AMERICANS Chapter 31 A. Under Two Empires: A 400-Year Struggle Chapter 32 18. Excerpts Form The Foraker And Jones Act, And Public Law 600 The Commonwealth Of Puerto Rico Chapter 33 19. Albizu Campos And The Ponce Massacre Chapter 34 20. Young Lords Party: 13-Point Program And Platform Chapter 35 B. Searching For The Best Life, Not The Best Citizenship Chapter 36 21. The Divorce Of Nationalist Discourses From The Puerto Rican People Chapter 37 22. Reconstructing Racial Identity: Ethnicity, Color, And Class Among Dominicans In The United States And Puerto Rico Chapter 38 23. Poem: Native Of Nowhere Part 39 PART V: HISTORY OF THE PRESENT Chapter 40 A. Comparative Thumbnail Sketch Of The Status Of Mexicans, Cubans And Puerto Ricans In The United States Chapter 41 24. Fields of Knowledge for Democracy, Justice, and Community: A Latina Quest Chapter 42 25. Transnational Political And Cultural Identities: Crossing Theoretical Borders Chapter 43 26. 'Aqui Estamos Y No Nos Vamos!' Global Capital And Immigrant Rights Chapter 44 27. A Postdemocratic Era Chapter 45 B. Latino U.S.A: A Canary In The Mine Of Continental Democracy Part 46 APPENDIX: TO THE INSTRUCTOR.