A poignant reminder that contemporary debates over immigration—and racial animus they continually expose—are the living legacy of past struggles for inclusion.
—Pacific Historical Review
Noel aptly explains the four themes of exclusionism, assimilation, marginalization, and pluralism as a method to control immigration's effect on national identity during a time in which the United Sates entered the world stage in the Spanish American War and World War I.
—New Mexico Historical Review
Noel's summary of national debates over the status of Mexican Americans as citizens is succinct and accurate, and her specific regional focus in the early parts of the book is a particularly welcome addition and a true contribution to the literature on Americans of Mexican origin.
—American Historical Review
A significant contribution to the studies of identity, race, southwestern history, and Mexican American history
—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Usually, scholars discuss exclusionism versus assimilationism, but Noel's presentation of the marginalizationist and pluralist approaches are new and significant.
—Patrick D. Lukens, author of A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights: FDR and the Controversy Over Whiteness
This is a fresh and original approach to the literature about the political and civil rights of the Mexican-origin population in the United States. It is a refreshing visit to the evolution of discussions of American identity in this period, and how history seems to have links to the present.
—Richard Griswold del Castillo, author of Chicano San Diego: Cultural Space and the Struggle for Social Justice