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Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in Americaby Gregory Rodriguez
Synopses & Reviews
An unprecedented account of the long-term cultural and political influences that Mexican-Americans will have on the collective character of our nation.
In considering the largest immigrant group in American history, Gregory Rodriguez examines the complexities of its heritage and of the racial and cultural synthesis--mestizaje--that has defined the Mexican people since the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. He persuasively argues that the rapidly expanding Mexican American integration into the mainstream is changing not only how Americans think about race but also how we envision our nation. Brilliantly reasoned, highly thought provoking, and as historically sound as it is anecdotally rich, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds is a major contribution to the discussion of the cultural and political future of the United States.
A thoughtful study of the America's largest immigrant group reflects on the complexities of Mexican-American heritage and ethnic synthesis, as well as on the long-term cultural, economic, and political influence of Mexican Americans in terms of the character of America. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Gregory Rodriguez studied the sociology of the Latinization of California at UCLA. He has been a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute in Washington, D.C., a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Opinion Section and a political analyst for MSNBC. His work has appeared in many of the nation's leading publications, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The New Republic.
About the Author
Gregory Rodriguez is director of the California Fellows Program and an Irvine Senior Fellows at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute. He is also an op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Los Angeles.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
The birth of a people — The rise and fall of the Spanish colonial racial system — The Spaniards venture North — Mexicans and the limits of slavery — The Anglos move West — Caught between North and South — Becoming Mexican American — The Chicano movement — Mongrel America and the new assimilation.
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