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Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, Sixth Edition
Authored by Rodolfo Acuña, one of the most influential and highly-regarded scholars of Chicano history and Ethnic Studies, Occupied America is the leading textbook for Chicano history courses. Beginning with the Mesoamerican civilizations before the 1519 Spanish invitation, continuing through Mexico’s conquests as a developing nation, and ending with an examination of issues of immigration, labor, education, and equality during the last 100 years, this text serves as an ideal foundation for understanding and analyzing Chicano history. This extensively researched and passionately written text not only covers the major developments and incidents in Mexican history, but also explores the complicating factors of race, gender and class in forming Chicano identity.
New to the sixth edition
- The entire text has been streamlined, to make it more concise, contextualized, and student-orientated, while still preserving its passionate voice.
- Timelines at the beginning of chapters 8 through 15 help plot cause and effect and lend context to important events and eras in Chicano history.
- “The Map Room” section at the end of the text gives students Web addresses for important maps that trace the migrations of peoples throughout the Americas.
- Up-to-date references and new sources throughout the text encourage students and professors to engage in further scholarship.
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Occupied America, designed to accommodate the growing number of Mexican-American or Chicano History courses, is the most comprehensive text in this market. The Sixth Edition of Occupied America has been revised to make the text more user-friendly and student-oriented, while maintaining its passionate voice.
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: Transition Years and Tensions
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: Good-bye, America: The Chicano in the 1960s
Chapter 14: The 1970s and 1980s: Beginning the Deconstruction of the Sixties
Chapter 15: Becoming a National Minority: 1980—2001