The Mexican American Experience: An Encyclopedia

Hardcover | December 31, 2003

byMatt S. Meier

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Mexican Americans are rapidly becoming the largest minority in the United States, playing a vital role in the culture of the American Southwest and beyond. This A-to-Z guide offers comprehensive coverage of the Mexican American experience, including: Arts Religion Popular culture Science Technology Business Government And more Entries range from figures such as Corky Gonzales, Joan Baez, and Nancy Lopez to general entries on bilingual education, assimilation, border culture, and southwestern agriculture. Court cases, politics, and events such as the Delano Grape Strike all receive full coverage, while the definitions and significance of terms such as coyote and Tejano are provided in shorter entries. Taking a historical approach, this book's topics date back to the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, a radical turning point for Mexican Americans, as they lost their lands and found themselves thrust into an alien social and legal system. The entries trace Mexican Americans' experience as a small, conquered minority, their growing influence in the 20th century, and the essential roles their culture plays in the borderlands, or the American Southwest, in the 21st century.

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Mexican Americans are rapidly becoming the largest minority in the United States, playing a vital role in the culture of the American Southwest and beyond. This A-to-Z guide offers comprehensive coverage of the Mexican American experience, including: Arts Religion Popular culture Science Technology Business Government And more Entries ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 10.22 × 7.18 × 1.4 inPublished:December 31, 2003Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313316430

ISBN - 13:9780313316432

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?This reference offers reliable, accesible, and exlemplary broad coverage. A single alphabet presents persons, places, events, movements, and concepts that have formed and informed on the title topic....This resource belongs in every secondary school and public library, whether the subject matter is covered with more depth in other resources or appears to have little local interest. Students can use the information as it is presented readily and will realize how thorough is the effect of the ethnic group's experiences on the American way of life--from dining table (migratory labor) to curriculum design (the English-only movement). Here is a title whose relative value cannot be judged merely by its size, but also for its eloquence and long-term usefulness.??VOYA