Remembering Conquest
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Remembering Conquest

Mexican Americans, Memory, and Citizenship

Omar Valerio-Jiménez

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Remembering Conquest

Mexican Americans, Memory, and Citizenship

Omar Valerio-Jiménez

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This book analyzes the ways collective memories of the US-Mexico War have shaped Mexican Americans' civil rights struggles over several generations. As the first Latinx people incorporated into the nation, Mexican Americans were offered US citizenship by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war. Because the 1790 Naturalization Act declared whites solely eligible for citizenship, the treaty pronounced Mexican Americans to be legally white. While their incorporation as citizens appeared as progress towards racial justice and the electorate's diversification, their second-class citizenship demonstrated a retrenchment in racial progress. Over several generations, civil rights activists summoned conquest memories to link Mexican Americans' poverty, electoral disenfranchisement, low educational attainment, and health disparities to structural and institutional inequalities resulting from racial retrenchments. Activists also recalled the treaty's citizenship guarantees to push for property rights, protection from vigilante attacks, and educational reform. Omar Valerio-Jimenez addresses the politics of memory by exploring how succeeding generations reinforced or modified earlier memories of conquest according to their contemporary social and political contexts. The book also examines collective memories in the US and Mexico to illustrate transnational influences on Mexican Americans and to demonstrate how community and national memories can be used strategically to advance political agendas.

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APA 6 Citation

Valerio-Jiménez, O. (2024). Remembering Conquest ([edition unavailable]). The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2024)

Chicago Citation

Valerio-Jiménez, Omar. (2024) 2024. Remembering Conquest. [Edition unavailable]. The University of North Carolina Press.

Harvard Citation

Valerio-Jiménez, O. (2024) Remembering Conquest. [edition unavailable]. The University of North Carolina Press. Available at: (Accessed: 16 June 2024).

MLA 7 Citation

Valerio-Jiménez, Omar. Remembering Conquest. [edition unavailable]. The University of North Carolina Press, 2024. Web. 16 June 2024.