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Tejano History, Life & Values

(see also San Antonio, Mexican American History, Life & Values, Mexican American Lives & Mexican American Movements)

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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

In the Library: Articles

Dickens, E. Larry. "Mestizaje in 19th-c. Texas," Journal of Mexican-American History 2 (1972).

Foley, Neil. "Mexicans, mechanization & the growth of corporate cotton culture in South Texas: the Taft Ranch, 1900-1930," Journal of Southern History 62 (1996):275-302.

McLemore, Dale S. "The origins of Mexican American subordination in Texas," Social Science Quarterly 53 (3/73):656-70.

Millr, Thomas L. "Mexican-Americans at the Alamo," Journal of Mexican-American History 2 (1972):1972).

Schlesinger, Andrew B. "Las Gorras Blancas, 1889-1891," Journal of Mexican-American History 1 (1971).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Allen, Ruth. The Labor of Women in the Production of Cotton (NY: Arno, 1975). Life for Mexican farm workers in Texas, ca. 1930.

Blackwelder, Julia Kirk. Women of the Depression: Caste & Culture in San Antonio, 1929-1939 (College Station: Texas A&M, 1984).

Foley, Douglas E.; Clarice Mota, Donald E. Post & Ignacio Lozano. From Peones to Políticos: Ethnic Relations in a South Texas Town, 1900-1977 (Austin: U. of Texas, 1978). Crystal City.

__________. Learning Capitalist Culture: Deep in the Heart of Texas (Philadelphia: Temple, 1990).

García, Richard A. Rise of the Mexican American Middle Class: San Antonio, 1929-1941 (College Station: Texas A&M, 1991).

González, Jovita. Historical Background of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (San Antonio, 1932).

Gutiérrez, José Angel. El Politico: The Mexican American Elected Official (El Paso: Mictla, 1972).

__________. La Raza & Revolution: The Empirical Conditions of Revolution in Four South Texas Counties (San Francisco: R & E Research Associates, 1972).

__________. A Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans [1973] (2nd rev. ed.; Houston: Arte Publico, 2001).

__________. The Walkout of 1969: A Diary of Events (Crystal City TX: José Angel Gutiérrez, 1979).

__________. The Making of a Chicano Militant: Lessons from Cristal (Madison: U. Wisconsin, 1998).

Limón, José E. Dancing with the Devil: Society & Cultural Poetics in Mexican-American South Texas (Madison: U. of Wisconsin, 1994).

Madsen, William. Society & Health in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (Austin: U. of Texas, 1961).

__________. Mexican-Americans of South Texas (NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1964).

Paredes, Américo. With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad & its Hero (Austin: U. of Texas, 1971).

Richmond, Clint. Selena! The Phenomenal Life & Tragic Death of the Tejano Music Queen (

Rubel, Arthur J. Across the Tracks: Mexican Americans in a Texas City (Austin: U. of Texas, 1966).

Shockley, John S. Chicano Revolt in a Texas Town (South Bend IN: Notre Dame, 1975).

Stewart, Kenneth L. & Arnoldo de León. Not Room Enough: Mexicans, Anglos & Socio-Economic Change in Texas, 1850-1900 (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1993).

Strachwitz, Chris & James Nicolopoulos (comps.) Lydia Mendoza: A Family Autobiography (Houston: Arte Público, 1993).

Taylor, Paul S. An American Mexican Frontier: A Study of Nueces County, Texas (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1934).

Thompson, Jerry. Fifty Miles & a Fight: Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's Journal of Texas & the Cortina War (College Station: Texas A&M, 1998).

Trujillo, Armando M. Chicano Empowerment & Bilingual Education: Movimiento Politics in Crystal City, Texas (NY: Garland, 1998).

Zamora, Emilio. The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas (College Station: Texas A&M, 1993).

Library: Fiction

Cantú, Norma Elia. Canícula: Imágenes de una niñez fronteriza (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001).

González, Jovita & Eve Raleigh. Caballero: A Historical Novel (ed. José Limón & María Cotera; College Station: Texas A&M, 1996).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Ballad of Gregorio Cortés" [1982], dir. Robert M. Young, 104m. In video stores.

"Chulas Fronteras" [1976], dir. Les Blank, 60m. Great introduction to "Tex Mex" music: Lydia Mendoza, Flaco Jiménez, Narciso Martínez, Los Alegres de Terán.

"Lone Star" [1996], dir. John Sayles, 147m. In video stores.

"Mundo milagroso (Miraculous World)" [1995], dir. Monica Delgado & Michael Van Wagenen, 27m. From Filmakers' Library. Miraculous apparitions to Tejano communities on Rio Grande.

"Selena" [1997], dir. Gregory Nava, 127m. In video stores.

"Spirit Doctors" [1996], dir. Monica Delgado & Michael Van Wagenen, 30m. From Filmakers' Library. Study of a South Texan curandera.

"The Valley of Tears" [2003], dir. Hart Perry, 82m. From Seventh Art Releasing. Long struggle for farm workers' rights in the lower Rio Grande valley.

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