The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984

Book Reviews

print, and a new full-scale biography has just been published about
one of the women, Sarah Winnemucca. The photographs convey
more clearly the lost history of their subjects. One wonders intensely
about the lives of these frequently anonymous women standing in
front of sod houses, crossing rivers, and tending to everyday tasks. If
the photographs prompt readers to consider the text more closely, the
authors will probably have come as close as possible to their goal.
University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures JAMES C. McNUTT
Chicano: The Evolution of a People. Edited by Renato Rosaldo,
Robert A. Calvert, and Gustav L. Seligmann, Jr. (Malabar, Fla.:
Robert E. Krieger Publishing Company, 1982. Pp. xiv+416.
Preface, illustrations. $17.50.)
When the first edition of this book was originally published in
1973, it sought to give college students explanations about the many
facets of the changing Mexican American community, and it attempt-
ed to throw light upon the causes of the emergence of Chicano mili-
tancy. It looked at the state of Mexican American historiography at the
time, and sought to bring together a number of diverse works for the
purpose of presenting a cohesive introduction to the Mexican Ameri-
can experience. Lastly, it tried to encourage readers to initiate re-
search in neglected areas of Chicano history. This second edition at-
tempts much the same thing in forty-two articles. It is divided into
six sections which chronicle the "evolution" of the Mexican Ameri-
can people.
Unfortunately, the compilers felt that the same articles that served
their purpose in the first edition would do for the present volume.
There is no hint in the 1982 preface (only one paragraph long) indi-
cating fresh directions pursued or new insights attempted. That es-
sentially is the major drawback of the book. It looks too much like
the old one. Only five articles published since 1973 are included, and
one of them ("On the State of Chicano History") is now ten years
old and in woeful need of updating.
What we find, then, are works that do not reflect the current trend in
Chicano studies. True, many of the old pieces are classics and deserve
incorporation in a text of this kind, but the impression the student
of the 1980s gets is that Mexican American history has not advanced
in the last decade. Conspicuously left out are the works of scholars
like Richard Griswold del Castillo, Albert Camarillo, Mario T. Garcia,


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