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about the residents-especially Tejano residents-of three regions the
authors call West, Central, and South Texas.
De Le6n and Stewart use their analysis of these data to put forward
an interpretation of Tejano life that defends the flexibility and strength
of Mexican American culture in Texas in the nineteenth century. The
book portrays Tejanos as living through major political, economic, and
social changes in Mexico and Texas as the Mexican political system
erupted and evolved and a new economic and political regime con-
verted Texas from a Mexican frontier region to a well-developed com-
mercial and industrial component of the United States. These changes
brought new roles to both Mexicans and Anglos in Texas, to which they
responded. Their responses fueled further changes. The conclusions
drawn in this book represent advanced first-round revisions. The au-
thors have used solid empirical evidence to show the complexity and
flexibility of Tejanos in response to a changing environment. As they
recognize, the picture needs to be illuminated further before we have a
Tejanos and the Numbers Game is more than a new monograph on Te-
janos, however. The authors want to present its approach as a new and
stronger way of looking at questions of Mexican American social and
economic life in the past. In this they are to be applauded. The au-
thors also recognize, by their choice of title, that their work will be criti-
cized and soon revised itself. This too is accurate, because the book is
not a perfect example of the current state of quantitative methodology.
The book fails to acknowledge work done by others on the censuses of
the nineteenth century, thus ignoring important methodological ap-
proaches. This is especially true for the 1900 census, which has been
extensively analyzed in the past few years. The book also fails to ac-
knowledge conventional demographic approaches that would lead one
to divide the population into groups by sex and age, or at least to stan-
dardize them for structural differences in age and sex composition.
The book treats groups within the Tejano population as undifferenti-
ated by age and sex. This leads the authors to conclude on page 32 that
there were more non-natives in the "Working Population" than in the
"General Population," without asking whether the non-natives fol-
lowed the usual immigrant pattern of being disproportionately com-
posed of adult males, who were more likely to be employed than women
Despite any technical limitations in the analysis, the authors have ad-
mirably achieved their goal of bringing the census as a source to a new
audience and of proposing new generalizations. This book presents an
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