Recovering History, Constructing Race
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Recovering History, Constructing Race

The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans

Martha Menchaca

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Recovering History, Constructing Race

The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans

Martha Menchaca

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"An unprecedented tour de force... [A] sweeping historical overview and interpretation of the racial formation and racial history of Mexican Americans." —Antonia I. Castañeda, Associate Professor of History, St. Mary's University Winner, A Choice Outstanding Academic Book The history of Mexican Americans is a history of the intermingling of races—Indian, White, and Black. This racial history underlies a legacy of racial discrimination against Mexican Americans and their Mexican ancestors that stretches from the Spanish conquest to current battles over ending affirmative action and other assistance programs for ethnic minorities. Asserting the centrality of race in Mexican American history, Martha Menchaca here offers the first interpretive racial history of Mexican Americans, focusing on racial foundations and race relations from preHispanic times to the present. Menchaca uses the concept of racialization to describe the process through which Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. authorities constructed racial status hierarchies that marginalized Mexicans of color and restricted their rights of land ownership. She traces this process from the Spanish colonial period and the introduction of slavery through racial laws affecting Mexican Americans into the late twentieth-century. This re-viewing of familiar history through the lens of race recovers Blacks as important historical actors, links Indians and the mission system in the Southwest to the Mexican American present, and reveals the legal and illegal means by which Mexican Americans lost their land grants. "Martha Menchaca has begun an intellectual insurrection by challenging the pristine aboriginal origins of Mexican Americans as historically inaccurate... Menchaca revisits the process of racial formation in the northern part of Greater Mexico from the Spanish conquest to the present." — Hispanic American Historical Review

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Illustrations
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. 1 Racial Foundations
  10. 2 Racial Formation
  11. 3 The Move North
  12. 4 The Spanish Settlement of Texas and Arizona
  13. 5 The Settlement of California and the Twilight of the Spanish Period
  14. 6 Liberal Racial Legislation during the Mexican Period, 1821–1848
  15. 7 Land, Race, and War, 1821–1848
  16. 8 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Racialization of the Mexican Population
  17. 9 Racial Segregation and Liberal Policies Then and Now
  18. Epilogue Auto/ethnographic Observations of Race and History
  19. Notes
  20. Bibliography
  21. Index
Citation styles for Recovering History, Constructing Race

APA 6 Citation

Menchaca, M. (2002). Recovering History, Constructing Race ([edition unavailable]). University of Texas Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2002)

Chicago Citation

Menchaca, Martha. (2002) 2002. Recovering History, Constructing Race. [Edition unavailable]. University of Texas Press.

Harvard Citation

Menchaca, M. (2002) Recovering History, Constructing Race. [edition unavailable]. University of Texas Press. Available at: (Accessed: 15 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Menchaca, Martha. Recovering History, Constructing Race. [edition unavailable]. University of Texas Press, 2002. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.