El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition by David E Hayes-BautistaEl Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition by David E Hayes-Bautista

El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition

byDavid E Hayes-Bautista

Paperback | May 5, 2012

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Why is Cinco de Mayo#151;a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862#151;so widely celebrated in California and across the United States, when it is scarcely observed in Mexico? As David E. Hayes-Bautista explains, the holiday is not Mexican at all, but rather an American one, created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century. Hayes-Bautista shows how the meaning of Cinco de Mayo has shifted over time#151;it embodied immigrant nostalgia in the 1930s, U.S. patriotism during World War II, Chicano Power in the 1960s and 1970s, and commercial intentions in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, it continues to reflect the aspirations of a community that is engaged, empowered, and expanding.
David E. Hayes-Bautistais Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author ofLa Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State(UC Press).
Title:El Cinco de Mayo: An American TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.72 inPublished:May 5, 2012Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520272137

ISBN - 13:9780520272132


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. Before the American Civil War
2. The First Battle of Puebla, 1862
3. The American Civil War and the Second Battle of Puebla
4. The Juntas Patrióticas Mejicanas Blossom
5. One War, Three Fronts
6. Shaping and Reshaping the Cinco de Mayo, 1868?2011


Editorial Reviews

“A highly readable and important analysis not only of the holiday’s origins but also of the native-born and immigrant Latino communities that created it.”