Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945

Paperback | March 1, 1995

byGeorge J. Sanchez

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Twentieth-century Los Angeles has been the locus of one of the most profound and complex interactions between variant cultures in American history. Yet this study is among the first to examine the relationship between ethnicity and identity among the largest immigrant group to that city. Byfocusing on Mexican immigrants to Los Angeles from 1900 to 1945, George J. Sanchez explores the process by which temporary sojourners altered their orientation to that of permanent residents, thereby laying the foundation for a new Mexican-American culture. Analyzing not only formal programs aimedat these newcomers by the United States and Mexico, but also the world created by these immigrants through family networks, religious practice, musical entertainment, and work and consumption patterns, Sanchez uncovers the creative ways Mexicans adapted their culture to life in the United States.When a formal repatriation campaign pushed thousands to return to Mexico, those remaining in Los Angeles launched new campaigns to gain civil rights as ethnic Americans through labor unions and New Deal politics. The immigrant generation, therefore, laid the groundwork for the emergingMexican-American identity of their children.

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Twentieth century Los Angeles has been the focus of one of the most profound and complex interactions between distinct cultures in U.S. history. In this pioneering study, Sanchez explores how Mexican immigrants "Americanized" themselves in order to fit in, thereby losing part of their own culture

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Twentieth-century Los Angeles has been the locus of one of the most profound and complex interactions between variant cultures in American history. Yet this study is among the first to examine the relationship between ethnicity and identity among the largest immigrant group to that city. Byfocusing on Mexican immigrants to Los Angeles...

George J. Sanchez is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.18 × 9.25 × 1.02 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Racial Complexion of Mexican Immigrants to Los AngelesAge of Migrants at the Time of First CrossingThe Migrant Journey of Adult Male MexicansPopulation Growth in the Cities of the Border, 1900-1940Origins of the Adult Male Mexican ImmigrantsPorts of Entry of Adult Male Migrants to Los AngelesMigration Patterns of Adult Male Migrants to Los AngelesPrevious U.S. Residence of Adult Male Migrants to Los AngelesMarriage Patterns of Mexican Immigrants in Los AngelesMarriage and Conception Among Mexican ImmigrantsNumber of Children for Various Types of MarriagesOccupational Structure for Mexican Male NaturalizersOccupational Mobility Among Male NaturalizersOccupational Rank by NeighborhoodApplications for Naturalization by three-Year Intervals

From Our Editors

Twentieth century Los Angeles has been the focus of one of the most profound and complex interactions between distinct cultures in U.S. history. In this pioneering study, Sanchez explores how Mexican immigrants "Americanized" themselves in order to fit in, thereby losing part of their own culture

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"I enjoyed Professor Sanchez's book. It is well researched and interesting. I found it to be very accurate and suggestive of what can be done in the field of Chicano History."--Susan Green, University of Minnesota