Changing National Identities at the Frontier

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Changing National Identities at the Frontier

By Andrés Reséndez

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This book explores how the diverse and fiercely independent peoples of Texas and New Mexico came to think of themselves as members of one particular national community or another in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglo Americans made agonizing and crucial identity decisions against the backdrop of two structural transformations taking place in the region during the first half of the nineteenth century and often pulling in opposite directions. On the one hand, the Mexican government sought to bring its frontier inhabitants into the national fold by relying on administrative and patronage linkages; but on the other, Mexico's northern frontier gravitated toward the expanding American economy.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> American History

Changing National Identities at the Frontier
Texas and New Mexico, 1800–1850
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/13/04
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511252749
ISBN 13: 9780511252747
Print ISBN: 9780521835558

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