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The eight essays included in this volume examine the dominant narrative of Texas history and seek to establish a record that includes both Mexican men and women, groups whose voices have been notably absent from the history books. Finding documents that reflect the experiences of those outside of the mainstream culture is difficult, since historical archives tend to contain materials produced by the privileged and governing classes of society. The contributing scholars make a case for expanding the notion of archives to include alternative sources. By utilizing oral histories, Spanish-language writings and periodicals, folklore, photographs, and other personal materials, it becomes possible to recreate a history that includes a significant part of the state's population, the Mexican community that lived in the area long before its absorption into the United States. These articles, originally presented as part of the Hispanic History of Texas Project's first conference held in conjunction with the Texas State Historical Association's annual conference in 2008, primarily explore themes within the field of Chicano/a Studies. Divided into three sections, Creating Social Landscapes, Racialized Identities, and Unearthing Voices, the pieces cover issues as diverse as the Mexican-American Presbyterian community, the female voice in the history of the Texas borderlands, and Tejano roots on the Louisiana-Texas border in the 18th and 19th centuries. In their introduction, editors Monica Perales and Raul A. Ramos write that the scholars, in their exploration of the state's history, go beyond the standard categories of immigration, assimilation, and the nation state. Instead, they forge new paths into historical territories by exploring gender and sexuality, migration, transnationalism, and globalization.

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The goal of the Hispanic History of Texas Project is to uncover the voices of ethnic Mexicans in Texas and to promote research on the roles they have played in the region's culture, economy, and politics. The eight essays collected here, written by new and established scholars, are from the Project's first conference, held in conjunction with the Texas State Historical Association's annual conference in 2008. The first group of essays reveals the ways in which the peoples of Texas borderlands forged common ground; for example, one essay explores Tejano roots on the Louisiana-Texas borderlands in the 18th and 19th centuries. Essays on racialized identities show how people of color demanded racial justice, especially in the state's public schools. The work of a mother and activist who led the 1968 rebellion at Edgewood High School is profiled. The third section reveals lost voices, including female voices, in the history of the Texas Borderlands. There is no subject index. Perales and Ramos teach history at the University of Houston. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Perales, Monica
Arte Publico Press
Ramos, Raul A.
United States - State & Local - South
Texas History.
Hispanic Americans -- Texas -- History.
World History-General
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