The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

manage their relation; Carlos Rico's attack on the concept of "inter-
dependence"; the studies by Lorenzo Meyer and Richard R. Fagen on
Mexican petroleum; Wayne A. Cornelius's discussion of the migra-
tion question; and Carlos H. Zazueta's analysis of the relation between
Mexican political leaders and Chicano political groups.
Because the collection principally focuses on contemporary issues,
the dramatic changes that have taken place since the writing of the
articles have adversely affected it. Many of the estimates now appear
hopelessly out of date, and some of the conclusions are clearly wrong.
Nevertheless, it is a testimony to the quality of the collection that most
of the articles have stood the test of time. They raise a number of
critical issues that provide the framework for any analysis of United
States-Mexican relations: (1) the difference between intersocietal and
intergovernmental issues, (2) the degree of independence or policy
space that each country has in the bilateral relation, and (3) the com-
plex interplay among economic, political, and social issues.
The volume also makes a unique contribution to the increasing
literature on United States-Mexican relations by considering at some
length the role of the Chicano community in the formulation of
policy. The growth of the Hispanic population in Texas and the rest
of the United States clearly will have a major effect on the binational
relation, although the authors do not agree on exactly what that effect
will be.
Of the collections of essays on United States-Mexican relations now
available, the VAsquez and Garcia y Griego volume should be con-
sidered among the very best.
University of Texas, Austin RICHARD N. SINKIN
They Called Them Greasers: Anglo Attitudes towards Mexicans in
Texas, 1821-19oo. By Arnoldo De Leon. (Austin: University of
Texas Press, 1983. Pp. xiv+ 153. Preface, maps, notes, bibliogra-
phy. $19.95, cloth; $8.95, paper.)
Over the last decade, the historical literature on race relations has
developed substantially and has reflected a discernible shift in tone
and approach. During the 196os and into the subsequent decade, there
appeared a tendency to portray race relations in them-vs.-us terms. Re-
cently, however, a new trend has placed greater emphasis on more
critical, comparative work, often with theoretical underpinnings. This
latter change is evident in several studies published in the last five
years by Chicano scholars, among them Alberto Camarillo, Mario T.


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