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Racial Frontiers: Africans, Chinese and Mexicans in Western America, 1848-1890 (Hardback)
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Racial Frontiers: Africans, Chinese and Mexicans in Western America, 1848-1890 (Hardback)

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Hardback 150 Pages / Published: 30/09/2002
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Once neglected, racial minorities are now the focus of intense interest among historians of the American West, who have come to recognise the roles of African American, Chinese, and Mexican people in shaping the frontier. Racial Frontiers is both a highly original work, particularly in its emphasis on racial minority women, and a masterful synthesis of the literature in this young field. De Leon depicts a US West populated by settlers anticipating opportunities for upward mobility, jockeying for position as they adapted to new surroundings, and adjusting to new political and economic systems. Minority groups discarded unworkable political traditions that had followed them from their homelands and sought to participate in a democracy that they trusted would see to their well-being. Many embraced capitalism in preference to the economic systems they had left behind but refused to give up their cultural traditions. The result was a US West of many colours. Known as a skilled writer, De Leon tells countless stories of the lives of men and women to guide the readers through his narrative. Personal histories and revealing quotations illustrate the struggles and victories of the newcomers, enriching our understanding of the settlement of the trans-Mississippi West since the middle of the nineteenth century.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826322715
Number of pages: 150
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book is an informative study of the plights of African, Chinese and Mexican immigrants in the American West, from 1848-1890."
"A solid synthesis of the secondary literature and an excellent supplemental undergraduate text."
""Racial Frontiers" provides a much-needed summary of the minority experience in the U.S. West suitable for both a general audience and as a course adoption."
""Racial Frontiers" is a wonderful contributionto an area of inquiry that will continue to yield illuminating analyses of the American West's diverse and complex history."
""Racial Frontiers" is an important work of synthesis, for it shows convincingly that African, Chinese, and Mexicans viewed the western frontier in similar ways to white settlers, but that their experiences differed markedly."
"De Léon has delivered the best synthesis on race relations in the West to date. His writing conveys the topic's complicated, multifaceted nature in a straightforward style that is accessible to both specialists and beginning students."
"In his well-designed work, De Leon condenses an enormous amount of literature into a concise, connected narrative about the frontier experience of three groups -- Africans, Chinese, and Mexicans -- while using the power of storytelling to enliven this short volume with numerous exquisite individual narratives."
"De Leon's "Racial Frontiers" is a concise and well-written study of the intersection of race on the frontier. It provides a comprehensive overview of Africans, Chinese, and Mexicans in the West. De Leon aptly provides the reader with a general understanding of the three groups, their roles on the frontier, and the changes they experienced."
"This short well-developed study provides the reader with valuable information and insights. It is a welcomed and long-awaited addition to the Histories of the American Frontier series. For too long the history of the trans-Mississippi West has been the story of Anglo pioneers, while these minorities were relegated to the historical margins if mentioned at all. Its excellent bibliography will allow the serious student to pursue further study. De Leon is a master synthesizer of his material."
""Racial Frontiers" is a wonderful contribution to an area of inquiry that will continue to yield illuminating analyses of the American West's diverse and complex history."

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