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Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945

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Twentieth-century Los Angeles has been the locus of one of the most profound and complex interactions between variant cultures in American history. Yet this study is among the first to examine the relationship between ethnicity and identity among the largest immigrant group to that city. By focusing on Mexican immigrants to Los Angeles from 1900 to 1945, George J. Sanchez ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 23rd 1993)
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Donald Linnemeyer
Becoming Mexican American is exactly what the title suggests: it's the story of the creation of the Mexican-American culture, specifically in the early 1900's in Los Angeles. This is a fascinating topic, and Sanchez pulls it off really well. He's Mexican-American himself, the son of Mexican immigrants, and his sensitivity to the nuances of the culture are very apparent throughout the book.

He's also remarkably even in his narrative. While he's certainly supportive of the Mexican-American communit
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Christina
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Sanchez focused on the pull and push factors that contributed to the migration of so many across the border north to the United States during the first few decades of the twentieth century. During this time, these immigrants experienced attempts at groups both trying to Americanize and Mexicanize them. These immigrants would first experience the efforts to Americanize them, as seen in Los Angeles, which was then proceeded by counter attempts to Mexicanize the immigrants to maintain their loyalty ...more
Ana
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Good for understanding the push and pull forces that led Mexicans to cross the boarder to the US and back and the significant role that American businesses and government played in that. If you don't get through all of it, the first few chapters are my favorite anyway. Well researched.
Tyler Sullivan
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
A great look into the development of Chicano culture in Southern California from 1900-1945.
Katie Lou
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it was informative. just not really my thing...
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George J. Sanchez is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and History at the University of Southern California. His academic work focuses on both historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration, and he is currently working on a historical study of the ethnic interaction of Mexican Americans, Japanese Americans, African Americans, and Jews in the Boyl ...more
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