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Mexicans in the Making of America

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$21.00 • £16.95 • €19.00

ISBN 9780674975354

Publication Date: 05/08/2017


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

22 halftones, 2 maps

Belknap Press


A usefully compact yet abundantly revealing history.—Julia Preston, The New York Review of Books

Foley provides a panoramic lesson about ‘Mexican America’ that begins with the Spaniards, mestizos, and Indians of the 16th-century colonial province of Nuevo Mexico. He carries the timeline through its five-century stretch to a future in which one in three U.S. residents will be Latino.—Casey Sanchez, Pasatiempo

Neil Foley has produced a sweeping account of Mexican American history with the publication of Mexicans in the Making of America. Using a broad lens, he emphasizes the long legacy of people of Mexican descent in the United States and analyzes the many contributions that the Mexican American community has made to the nation. He argues that Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants are ‘central to the story of the making of the United States.’—Shannon Baker, Journal of Southern History

Compelling… Readers of all political persuasions will find Foley’s intensively researched, well-documented scholarly work an instructive, thoroughly accessible guide to the ramifications of immigration policy.Publishers Weekly

[The book] centers on the Mexican experience in America during the 20th century, the decades-long push/pull between the United States and Mexico, the unceasing controversies over generations of legal and illegal immigrants, and the indispensability of Mexican-American labor to our economy versus the accompanying fear of the foreign… For Americans long accustomed to understanding the country’s development as an east-to-west phenomenon, Foley’s singular service is to urge us to tilt the map south-to-north and to comprehend conditions as they have been for some time and will likely be for the foreseeable future… A timely look at and appreciation of a fast-growing demographic destined to play an increasingly important role in our history.Kirkus Reviews

With Mexicans in the Making of America, Foley offers a sweeping and deeply insightful interpretation of the historical evolution of Mexican America from a small and scattered constellation of far-flung colonial frontier outposts to the current situation in which more than one of every ten Americans now claims Mexican descent or heritage.—David G. Gutiérrez, University of California, San Diego

Mexicans in the Making of America offers a rich narrative history rooted in politics and international relations that brings a sweeping historical dimension to contemporary immigration debates. Foley demonstrates the ways in which U.S.–Mexican relations reverberate across the border, often with unanticipated outcomes.—Vicki L. Ruiz, University of California, Irvine, and president-elect, American Historical Association

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