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El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition
Why is Cinco de Mayo--a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862--so widely celebrated in California and across the United States, when it is scarcely observed in Mexico? As David E. Hayes-Bautista explains, the holiday is not Mexican at all, but rather an American one, created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century. Hay ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by University of California Press
(first published April 1st 2012)
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Loved the topic and learned so much that was new to me, but the writing is dry, academic and often repetitive. I think the same points could have been made in a shorter, journal article, but I do appreciate Hayes-Bautista's thorough research and documentation. (As a side note, I've heard Dr. Bautista deliver this content as a lecture and he is AWESOME! If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, take it.)