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Tejano West Texas (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/08/2015
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Featuring a side of Tejano history too often neglected, author Arnoldo De Leon shows that people of Spanish-Mexican descent were not passive players in or, worse, absent from West Texas history but instead were active agents at the center of it.

The collection of essays in Tejano West Texas-many never before published-will correct decades of historiographical oversight by emphasizing the centrality of the Mexican American experience in the history of the region.

De Leon, a true dean of Tejano history, showcases the continued presence and contribution of Mexican Americans to West Texas. This collection begins in the 1770s when settlers of Mexican descent first began migrating to Presidio and then to other sections of the Big Bend. De Leon then turns his attention to the nineteenth century when Mexican immigrants and other Texans searched for work throughout the West Texas hinterland, and his coverage continues onward through the twentieth century.

Mexican American and Texas history scholars will find Tejano West Texas to be an invaluable addition to the Tejano narrative.

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
ISBN: 9781623492908
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The foremost work on this subject by the Dean of Tejano history."--Glen Sample Ely, author, Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity--Glen Sample Ely (09/11/2014)
"Tejano West Texas chronicles the sustained influence of a growing community of historical actors and their role in the development of this important intersection where Texas, the Borderlands, and the West converge." -- Ty Cashion, Sam Houston State University--Ty Cashion (05/27/2015)
"Scholars have traditionally focused on South Texas when exploring the Tejano experience, leaving much of the West Texas Tejano story untold. Arnoldo De Leon provides an engrossing collection of essays that illustrate Tejano influence in the settlement and development of West Texas while exploring the class and racial tensions that developed with the movement of Anglos into the region. Tejano West Texas helps us better understand and appreciate the significance of the Tejano experience to the state and the nation."-- Ana Martinez-Catsam, associate professor of history, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin-- (03/20/2015)
"Arnoldo De Le n brings to the forefront Texas' most overlooked and understudied district, West Texas. Tejano West Texas demonstrates that the region's diverse population developed a unique cultural dynamic that resulted in a transnational economic and political force in the state. Finally! We have a scholarly endeavor that serves as a catalyst for more research and appreciation of West Texas and its people."--Miguel A. Levario, author of Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy-- (04/21/2015)
"Arnoldo De Le n's Tejano West Texas is a must read; in the book's eleven chapters this first rate scholar points out the Tejano presence in West Texas and the important role as co-agents they played in the history of this vast, overlooked region of the state. Written over the length of De Le n's career, these articles also portray the ability of an historian at the top of his craft so that we not only read and enjoy his book but appreciate the thoughtful reasoning and extensive research that went into making it. No one can now say that Tejanos did not assume critical roles in the development of this region."--Bruce Glasrud-- (05/22/2015)
"Nearly all denizens of the Lone Star State extol their Texas identity. Yet, those who reside beyond the hundredth meridian take special pride that they are West Texans. Professor Arnoldo De Le n--the dean of Tejano historians--reminds us that since the earliest days of settlement people of Spanish/Mexican heritage have played a vital role in the development of this region and, no less than their Anglo-Celtic neighbors, take pride in their West Texas identity. Combining forceful narrative with persuasive analysis, he reveals West Texas Tejanos as explorers, settlers, Indian fighters, farmers, oil field workers, businessmen, college professors, and civic leaders. Anyone with an awareness of this region, these people, and their pride will find Professor De Leon's latest offering a revelatory read." -- Stephen L. Hardin, author of Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution and Texian Macabre: The Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston -- (05/08/2015)

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