Mexicans in the Making of America

Mexicans in the Making of America

by Neil Foley


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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year

According to census projections, by 2050 nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Latino, and the overwhelming majority of these will be of Mexican descent. This dramatic demographic shift is reshaping politics, culture, and fundamental ideas about American identity. Neil Foley, a leading Mexican American historian, offers a sweeping view of the evolution of Mexican America, from a colonial outpost on Mexico’s northern frontier to a twenty-first-century people integral to the nation they have helped build.

“Compelling…Readers of all political persuasions will find Foley’s intensively researched, well-documented scholarly work an instructive, thoroughly accessible guide to the ramifications of immigration policy.”
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“For Americans long accustomed to understanding the country’s development as an east-to-west phenomenon, Foley’s singular service is to urge us to tilt the map south-to-north and to comprehend conditions as they have been for some time and will likely be for the foreseeable future…A timely look at and appreciation of a fast-growing demographic destined to play an increasingly important role in our history.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674975354
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 350,611
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Neil Foley holds the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Chair in History at Southern Methodist University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: "America's Changing Colors" 1

1 The Genesis of Mexican America 13

2 No Estás en Tu Casa 39

3 Becoming Good Neighbors 64

4 Defending the Hemisphere 96

5 Braceros and the "Wetback" Invasion 123

6 The Chicano Movement 148

7 Brave New Mundo 179

8 Fortress America 200

Epilogue: "We Are America" 225

Abbreviations 241

Notes 243

Acknowledgments 320

Index 323

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