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Occupied America: A History of Chicanos
Synopses & Reviews
"An excellent job explaining the role of race, class divisions, and gender in the developing political, social, and cultural interactions between Anglos and Mexicans in Texas and New Mexico."
- Ashley Sousa, West Valley College
"I sincerely think that Dr. Acuña does provides an excellent analysis throughout his book because he is constantly making connections with Mexico and this inclusion help the student understand immigration, social movements and ideology."
- Laura Larque, Santa Rosa Junior College
"I consider Rodolfo Acuña’s Occupied America: A History of Chicanos as one of the few books that offers a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the major historical experiences of Chicanos that invokes critical thinking and intellectual discussion."
- James Barrera, South Texas College
Authored by one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America is the most definitive introduction to Chicano history. This comprehensive overview of Chicano history is passionately written and extensively researched. With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal events in Chicano history, Occupied America illuminates the struggles and decisions that frame Chicano identity today.
About the Author
Rodolfo F. Acuña, the founding chair of Chicano Studies at then San Fernando Valley State — the largest Chicano Studies Department in the United States with 30 tenured professors — has authored 19 books, three of which received the Gustavus Myers Award for the Outstanding Book on Race Relations in North America. Acuña has received the Distinguished Scholar Award, National Association for Chicano Studies, the Emil Freed Award for Community Service, Southern California Social Science Library, the Founder's Award for Community Service from the Liberty Hill Foundation among others. Black Issues In Higher Education selected Acuña one of the “100 Most Influential Educators of the 20th Century. Among his best-known books are Sometimes There is No Other Side: Essays on Truth and Objectivity (Notre Dame, 1998); Anything But Mexican: Chicanos in Contemporary Los Angeles. (Verso Press, 1996), US Latinos: An Inquiry (Greenwood Press, 2003), Community Under Siege (UCLA, 1984), The Sonoran Strongman (University of Arizona, 1974). His most recent works include Corridors of Migration (Greenwood Press, 2008). In the Trenches of Academe is in progress. Acuña has also written three children’s books and has another book in production and authored more than 160 academic and public articles in addition to over 140 book reviews. As an activist scholar he has been a leading voice in the Mexican American community.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Not Just Pyramids, Explorers, and Heroes
Chapter 2 The Occupation of Middle America
Chapter 3 A Legacy of Hate: The Conquest of Mexico’s Northwest
Chapter 4 Remember the Alamo: The Colonization of Texas
Chapter 5 Freedom in a Cage: The Colonization of New Mexico
Chapter 6 Sonora Invaded: The Occupation of Arizona
Chapter 7 California Lost: America for Euroamericans
Chapter 8 Immigration, Labor, and Generational Change
Chapter 9 The 1920s: The Effects of World War I
Chapter 10 Mexican American Communities in the Making: The Depression Years
Chapter 11 World War II: The Betrayal of Promises
Chapter 12 “Happy Days”: Chicano Communities Under Siege
Chapter 13 Goodbye, America: The Chicano in the 1960s
Chapter 14 The 1970s and 1980s: The Deconstruction of the Sixties
Chapter 15 Becoming a National Minority: 1980—2001
Epilogue: Is Antonio Banderas a Chicano?
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