Fiesta San Antonio began in 1891 and through the twentieth century expanded from a single parade to over two hundred events spanning a ten-day period. Laura Hernandez-Ehrisman examines Fiesta's development as part of San Antonio's culture of power relations between men and women, Anglos and Mexicanos.In some ways Fiesta resembles hundreds of urban celebrations across the country, but San Antonio offers a unique fusion of Southern, Western, and Mexican cultures that articulates a distinct community identity. From its beginning as a celebration of a new social order in San Antonio controlled by a German and Anglo elite to the citywide spectacle of today, Hernandez-Ehrisman traces the connections between Fiesta and the construction of the city's tourist industry and social change in San Antonio.
Laura Hernandez-Ehrisman is an adjunct professor at St. Edward's University. Prior to that, she was a Fellow at Southern Methodist University's Clements Center for Southwestern Studies. This is her first book.
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