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Manifest Destinies, Second Edition


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A path-breaking history of the construction of race in the American Southwest

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  1. 1 The U.S. Colonization of Northern Mexico and the Creation of Mexican Americans

  2. 2 Where Mexicans Fit in the New American Racial Order

  3. 3 How a Fragile Claim to Whiteness Shaped Mexican Americans' Relations with Indians and African Americans

  4. 4 Manifest Destiny's Legacy: Race in America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century





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Laura E. Gomez is Professor of Law, Sociology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure and the editor of Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (with Nancy Lopez).


"[A]n interesting and comprehensive look at what New Mexicans really lost after being conquered by the United States." Albuquerque Journal "This book offers extraordinary insight into the colonial history of the United States and the processes by which its racial categories were created." Sally Engle Merry, author of Colonizing Hawai'i "Are Mexican Americans a racial or an ethnic group? This is the important question Manifest Destinies asks and answers, showing us how, since the end of the Mexican War in 1848, Mexican Americans have been deemed an inferior race in the United States. In this marvelous, richly researched book, Gomez also provocatively enters the whiteness debates." Ramon E. Gutierrez, author of When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846

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