A concise overview which puts their successes and challenges in perspective and defines their contribution to the shaping of modern America. . . . An excellent choice as a textbook for Mexican-American studies courses at any level.
An excellent introduction . . . The analysis is penetrating and thought provoking, the explanations clear and concise.
Journal of Arizona History
The historical background given is thorough and rich in useful statistical detail, stressing the community's demographic strength over the decades (reaching 5.3 million by 1900), and, above all, the tensions and problems which arose after 1900, the post-1940 contradictions between inherent racism and employers' needs (around the bracero
program), between the ambitions of the new immigrants and the fears and conservatism of the indigenous Mexican-Americans, and the gradual realization that the road to identity mean accepting differences.
History: Reviews of Books
A readable synthesis of a people that will soon become the country's second-largest minority . . . a book displaying the author's keen ability to connect the struggles and triumphs of the twentieth century with contemporary times.
Southwest Historical Quarterly
Clearly written, well organized, and accessible . . . Professors looking for books to assign in Chicano/a Studies courses . . . would surely do well in including Mexican-Origin People in the United States
on their syllabi.
Southern California Quarterly