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Mexicans in the Making of America


In Mexicans in the Making of America the Mexican-American historian Neil Foley offers a sweeping view of the evolution of Mexican America, from a colonial outpost on Mexico’s northern frontier to a twenty-first-century people integral to the nation they have helped build.

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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)

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)

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361 pages




Harvard University Press (October 6, 2014)

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