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By David J. Weber, Ramon Eduardo Ruiz

Latest writing approximately Mexican americans offers in simple terms with the 20th century. This ebook offers the much-needed old point of view that's crucial for an entire realizing of the current. Dozens of choices from firsthand debts, brought by means of the editor's a professional essays seize the flavour and temper of the Mexican American adventure within the Southwest from the time the 1st pioneers got here north from Mexico. the 1st version was once chosen as a decision "Outstanding educational ebook of the Year."

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From Aztlán the Aztecs began a migration which brought them to the valley of Mexico, where they built a great city at Tenochtitlán and then went on to dominate all of central Mexico. A name charged with symbolism, Aztlán has become the Chicano name for the Southwest. From this region the Aztecs left to achieve greatness, and to this area the descendants of the Aztecs, Mexican immigrants, have returned. Symbolic and beautiful, the name will serve a useful function in giving a much-needed unity for Southwestern Chicanos who try not to think of themselves as Texans or Californians exclusively.

In the nineteenth century, regional terms such as Californios, Nuevo Mexicanos, Arizonenses, Texanos, and Hispanos were commonly used, along with Anglos, Yankees, Greasers, and Gringos. To retain the flavor of the period, I have used all of those terms as well. Anglo, short for Anglo American, refers to one who has accepted the dominant life-style of a United States Page 10 citizen; no other ethnic or racial connotation is intended. An Italian American or a Negro might be an Anglo, then, from a Mexican point of view.

Servin of Arizona State University; and Marc Simmons of Cerrillos, New Mexico. I appreciate, too, the careful typing of the manuscript done by Lenora Thomason of San Diego. Librarians at the universities of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have all been kindly and cooperative, but over the long haul I have been most indebted to Irene Wright of the interlibrary loan service at my own university, California State University, San Diego. Very special thanks also go to Juan Gómez-Quiñones of the University of California, Los Angeles, who provided an impetus for this project in early conversations, and who helped me to obtain a welcome grant from the Mexican American Cultural Center at UCLA.

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