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Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century
A History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139415576

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  • This study is a reinterpretation of nineteenth century Mexican American history that examines Mexico's struggle to secure its northern border with repatriates from the United States in the aftermath of a war resulting in the loss of half its territory. Responding to past interpretations, Jose Angel Hernández suggests that these resettlement schemes centered on the developments of the frontier region, the modernization of the country with loyal Mexican American settlers, and blocking the tide of migrations to the United States to prevent the depopulation of its fractured northern border. Through an examination of Mexico's immigration and colonization policies as they developed throughout the nineteenth century, the book focuses primarily on the population of Mexican citizens who were “lost” after the end of the Mexican American War of 1846–1848 until the end of the century.

    • Explains Mexico's immigration policies during the nineteenth century
    • Discusses the making and settlement of the US-Mexico borderlands
    • Uses a transnational approach to Mexican American history and migration
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century makes a significant contribution to borderlands, Chicano, and Mexican history especially because José Angel Hernández takes a distinctly transnational approach in examining 'Mexican American' migration 'south' to northern Mexico, rather than ‘Mexican’ migration ‘north’ to the southwestern United States. While bridging the gap between traditional area studies focused on the United States or Latin America, Hernández’s methodology empirically tests the supposed motivations attributed to 'Mexican repatriates' against the documentary record, concluding with a more subtle interpretation. Equally impressive is his thoroughly bi-national and bilingual use of both primary and secondary sources. In the final analysis, José Angel Hernández, in revealing the surprising impact of ethnic Mexican repatriates on their nineteenth-century 'homeland' south of the 1848 border, develops a brilliantly original approach worthy of imitation."
    John Chavez, Southern Methodist University

    "José Angel Hernández has written an important book about the little-known history of the repatriation of Mexicans in the decades after the U.S.-Mexican War. His work is notable for connecting specific and well-researched cases spanning the entire border from Texas to California to the broad themes of migration, the creation of national spaces, and memory that have been so central in shaping the region."
    Andres Resendez, University of California, Davis

    "Hernández’s illuminating book transforms our understanding of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He explores the extensive repatriation of Mexican Americans in the colonization of northern Mexico. These policies, he argues, had more to do with defending settlements against the threats of Anglo American invasion and Apache raiding than the often-cited ideological notions of racial 'whitening' or sentimental nationalism. His revealing bi-national archival work opens crucial questions that many scholars considered closed."
    Renato Rosaldo, New York University

    "With one out of ten Mexicans now living in the United States, José Hernández’s brilliant historical analysis of Mexico’s relationship to its diaspora is a timely and important contribution to knowledge about our often misunderstood southern neighbor. More than any other author, he explains how and why Mexico’s northern frontier became transformed into an entity known simply as 'the border'."
    Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University

    "Suggested for immigration scholars, lawyers, and immigrants' rights advocates. Highly recommended."

    "This solid book begins with an examination of the repatriation of Mexicans south of the border and then moves to a fascinating analysis of the Mexican government’s orientation toward those now in México de Afuera, or 'Mexico beyond'."
    Douglas Monroy, The Journal of American History

    "Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century offers a compelling transnational story that adds to historians' and other scholars' understanding of Chicano and borderlands history."
    Sterling Evans, H-Borderlands

    "The narrative is both dramatic and engaging. I strongly recommend this book."
    John McKiernan-Gonzalez, Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139415576
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I: Migration to Mexico in an Age of Global Immigrations:
    1. From conquest to colonization: the making of Mexican colonization policy after independence
    2. Postwar expulsions and early repatriation policy
    Part II:
    3. Postwar repatriation and settling the frontiers of New Mexico
    4. Repatriations along the new international boundary: the cases of Texas and California
    Part III:
    5. The 1871 riot of La Mesilla, New Mexico
    6. Colonizing La Ascensión, Chihuahua: the prehistory of revolt
    7. Anatomy of 1892 revolt of La Ascensión, or the public lynching of Rafael Ancheta
    8. Repatriating modernity?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Borderlands Seminar
    • Chicano History
    • Hispanics in the US
    • History of Modern Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Integral Research
    • Latin America and the US
    • Seminar on the Borderlands
    • Texas History
    • The American West
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  • Author

    José Angel Hernández, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    José Angel Hernández is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has published articles in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, as well as Landscapes of Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal Devoted to the Study of Violence, Conflict, and Trauma. He has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Trustee Fellowship, the Fulbright–Hayes Dissertation Fellowship and the Center for Mexican American Studies Fellowship from the University of Houston. At Massachusetts, Professor Hernández has received a Lilly Teaching Fellowship and has also been a Center for Public Policy and Administration Workshop Fellow. He was Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies Faculty Fellow for the academic year 2011.

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