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This riveting exposé reveals how a distorted belief in Anglo superiority necessitated the rewriting of American western history, replacing heroic images of Mexican and Spanish cowboys with negative stereotypes.
• Introduces topics unfamiliar to most readers, such as the role of Spanish-Mexican Jews, the presence of the Spanish Inquisition in the United States, and the real Yellow Rose of Texas
• Reveals the duplicity of la leyenda negra to illustrate prejudices of the time
• Traces the development of stereotypes such as the Black Legend, banditos, greasers, Zorro, the Cisco Kid, and "loose women," and how these characterizations came to depict Latinos in the Old West in the popular imagination
• Documents Latinos' participation in the conquest of the territory west of the Mississippi
|Series:||Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Series|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
D. H. Figueredo is director of library and media services at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and an independent researcher and consultant on Latino studies.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Introduction: The Culture of Negation 1
Chapter 1 Terms of Mythology 11
Chapter 2 Cibola: Seven Cities of Gold 25
Chapter 3 The Horse, the Native American, the Vaquero, and the Cowboy 39
Chapter 4 Greater Glory: For God, Church, and King 55
Chapter 5 The Long-gone Charm of the Dons 77
Chapter 6 The Not So Wild Frontier 93
Chapter 7 Guerra! War! 111
Chapter 8 Gold in Them Hills 129
Chapter 9 Song of the Banditos 143
Chapter 10 The Sins of Katy Jurado 163
Chapter 11 Western Icons 183
Chapter 12 The Vaquero Sunset 199
What People are Saying About This
"Like a history detective, Dan Figueredo finds the clues, identifies the culprits, and sets the story straight as to how the West was won. Move over John Wayne, the real lawman was Marshall Elfego Baca, who took on 80 gunslingers all by himself in a gunfight that lasted two days! The Old West will never look the same after you read Revolvers and Pistolas!"
"Revolvers and Pistolas, Vaqueros and Caballeros: Debunking the Old West is a delightful and engaging review of Southwestern history aimed at revealing the origin and development of many of the myths held even today about Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Latinos. Thoroughly researched and documented, the book will engage the general reader as well as the scholar as Figueredo explores how legends and stereotypes have colored our vision of Hispanics in the making of the American nation. Because the themes touched run the gamut from 'banditos' to the 'Yellow Rose of Texas,' readers will be able to regard today's images of Hispanics on screens and in print with a critical eye. Figueredo has provided an invaluable guide."