Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History

Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History

by Martha Menchaca
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292726449

ISBN-13: 9780292726444

Pub. Date: 05/01/2011

Publisher: University of Texas Press

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a majority of the Mexican immigrant population in the United States resided in Texas, making the state a flashpoint in debates over whether to deny naturalization rights. As Texas federal courts grappled with the issue, policies pertaining to Mexican immigrants came to reflect evolving political ideologies on

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During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a majority of the Mexican immigrant population in the United States resided in Texas, making the state a flashpoint in debates over whether to deny naturalization rights. As Texas federal courts grappled with the issue, policies pertaining to Mexican immigrants came to reflect evolving political ideologies on both sides of the border.

Drawing on unprecedented historical analysis of state archives, U.S. Congressional records, and other sources of overlooked data, Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants provides a rich understanding of the realities and rhetoric that have led to present-day immigration controversies. Martha Menchaca's groundbreaking research examines such facets as U.S.-Mexico relations following the U.S. Civil War and the schisms created by Mexican abolitionists; the anti-immigration stance that marked many suffragist appeals; the effects of the Spanish American War; distinctions made for mestizo, Afromexicano, and Native American populations; the erosion of means for U.S. citizens to legalize their relatives; and the ways in which U.S. corporations have caused the political conditions that stimulated emigration from Mexico.

The first historical study of its kind, Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants delivers a clear-eyed view of provocative issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292726444
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Maps and Figures
Introduction
Chapter 1. From the Making of the U.S.–Mexico Border to the U.S. Civil War
Chapter 2. The Politics of Naturalization Policy in Texas: The Case of Mexican Immigrants
Chapter 3. Ricardo Rodriguez and the People's Party in the 1890s
Chapter 4. From the Spanish-American War to the Outbreak of the Mexican Revolution
Chapter 5. Mexican Women and Naturalization: The Era of the Woman Suffrage Movement
Chapter 6. Then and Now: The Path Toward Citizenship
Appendix 1. Texas Naturalization Records and Archives, Pre-1906
Appendix 2. Persons Naturalized in Texas and by Mexican Origin, 1907–2009
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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