Journal of Arizona History). uses an impressive array of sources and skillfully covers a wide range of issues within eight tightly woven chapters. He is most adept not only in describing Anglo stereotypes of Mexican Americans and Native Americans but also in carefully conveying ethnic Mexican and indigenous viewpoints. broadens the historically narrow black-and-white lens scholars have previously utilized to examine the condition of race relations and social inequity. Journal of American Ethnic History).
A detailed and insightful look at one hundred years of political and economic impact on racial identity and culture among diverse ethnic groups in south-central Arizona. Series: Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University. This book tells the story of Arizona's economic and political incorporation into the . nation-state and of the ways in which race and ethnicity shaped labor markets, defined citizenship criteria, and inscribed national boundaries. This story is told from two interrelated perspectives. as employers, property holders, wageworkers, or wards).
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At the dissertation and book stages, my work has benefited greatly from the fi nancial support of several institutions. While I was a student at the University of Texas, a Thematic University Fellowship from the Graduate School and the Dora Bonham Fund and Walter Prescott Webb Dissertation Fellowship from the History Department were invaluable. to silenced mestizo identities. 12 Arizona, with its diverse population of ethnic Mexicans and semi-Hispanicized indigenous peoples, provides an ideal arena in which to do so. 1 Mb) Donate Read.
South-central Arizona is home to many ethnic groups, including Mexican Americans, Mexican immigrants, and semi-Hispanicized indigenous groups such as Yaquis and Tohono O'odham. Old ethnic and interethnic.
Eric Meeks’s first book is one of the most interesting and insightful works in either American Indian or Latino history I have seen for some time. In spite of the title, Meeks largely does not give us a broad survey of the experiences of all Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona, but focuses on those instances where the racial definitions as they relate to citizenship were being contested. He especially focuses on the Yaqui and O’odham peoples. Journal of Arizona History.
Runner-up, National Council on Public History Book Award, 2008Southwest Book Award, Border Regional Library Association, 2008
Borders cut through not just places but also relationships, politics, economics, and cultures. Eric V. Meeks examines how ethno-racial categories and identities such as Indian, Mexican, and Anglo crystallized in Arizona's borderlands between 1880 and 1980. South-central Arizona is home to many ethnic groups, including Mexican Americans, Mexican immigrants, and semi-Hispanicized indigenous groups such as Yaquis and Tohono O'odham. Kinship and cultural ties between these diverse groups were altered and ethnic boundaries were deepened by the influx of Euro-Americans, the development of an industrial economy, and incorporation into the U.S. nation-state.
Old ethnic and interethnic ties changed and became more difficult to sustain when Euro-Americans arrived in the region and imposed ideologies and government policies that constructed starker racial boundaries. As Arizona began to take its place in the national economy of the United States, primarily through mining and industrial agriculture, ethnic Mexican and Native American communities struggled to define their own identities. They sometimes stressed their status as the region's original inhabitants, sometimes as workers, sometimes as U.S. citizens, and sometimes as members of their own separate nations. In the process, they often challenged the racial order imposed on them by the dominant class.
Appealing to broad audiences, this book links the construction of racial categories and ethnic identities to the larger process of nation-state building along the U.S.-Mexico border, and illustrates how ethnicity can both bring people together and drive them apart.