The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987

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Development of the Mexican American People" (S. Dale McLemore
and Ricardo Romo), sets the tone for the entire anthology. As a short
course in Chicano history, this perceptive article outlines the histori-
cal context against which contemporary debates and trends are to be
understood.
Like most edited volumes, this one includes a few weak links, essays
that tend to revel in demographic jargon and raise more questions than
they could ever attempt to answer. Anyone who reads the anthology
from cover to cover will readily discern these less-than-impressive
pieces, so I have no need to mention them by name. In terms of cover-
ing specific areas, I would have rejoiced if more articles on the family
had been included. A paper or two on gender roles or the division of
household labor would have added extra depth.
The Mexican-American Experience, taken as a whole, represents a sam-
pling of the most sophisticated scholarship on Hispanic-related issues
and should be required reading for survey courses in Chicano studies.
Furthermore, several chapters, particularly those dealing with edu-
cation and immigration, have important policy implications. Agency
heads and other government officials would gain greater understand-
ing of their Hispanic constituencies by familiarizing themselves with
the research presented in this anthology. Never before has such a rich
compendium of materials on Mexican Americans been assembled in
one volume. The editors deserve the accolades they will undoubtedly
receive for their pioneering effort.
University of California, Davis VICKI L. Ruiz
The English Texans. By Thomas W. Cutrer. (San Antonio: The Univer-
sity of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, 1985.
Pp. 187. Preface, photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, photo
credits, index. $11.95, cloth; $7.95, paper.)
Hailing from the same Yorkshire port as the Cator brothers, I have
often wondered about the experience of these young men on the West
Texas Plains and how they made their home there. Thomas W. Cutrer's
fact-filled 187-page volume about the so-called "invisible immigrants"
(p. 12), the English Texans, tells me a great deal about their lot. As
usual, the combination of native curiosity, restlessness, and the chance
to emigrate in order to make a successful life, he argues, stirred young
men to move to the American frontier, where they could acquire cheap
land and exploit boundless resources. Newcomers responded to the ro-
mantic vision of the West, typified back home by the visiting John James

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