Most writing about Mexican Americans deals only with the twentieth century. This book provides the much-needed historical perspective that is essential for a full understanding of the present. Dozens of selections from firsthand accounts, introduced by David J Weber's essays, capture the essence of the Mexican-American experience in the Southwest from the time the first pioneers came north from Mexico. PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: The first edition was selected as a Choice 'Outstanding Academic Book of the Year' and received the following accolades: ""An excellent job of illuminating the early historical experience of Mexicans living in the United States..."" - Western Historical Quarterly. ""Weber...has done more than compile a first-rate anthology...he has done much to put the selected accounts into a meaningful historical framework. This coupled with excellent documentary choices and extensive notes makes it the single best volume for understanding the Mexican American experience in the nineteenth-century Southwest..."" - Choice.
David J Weber is director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. His prize-winning books include: The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest under Mexico and Myth and the History of the Hispanic Southwest, both from UNM Press. Arnoldo de Leon is the C J 'Red' Davidson Professor of History, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, and author of Racial Frontiers: Africans, Chinese, and Mexicans in Western America, 1848-1890, also from UNM Press.