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and Power in New Mexico, 150o-z846 (1991). That omission aside, Simmons's list
of "Selected References" and end notes will guide those who wish to read more
deeple. Teachers of New Mexico history will find this collection useful for pro-
voking class discussion and scholars will be pleased to have so many of Simmons's
valuable essays conveniently gathered between two covers.
Dedman College, Southern Methodist University DavidJ. Weber
En Aquel Entonces: Readings in Mexican-American History. Edited by Manuel G. Gon-
zales and Cynthia M. Gonzales. (Bloomington and Indianapolis, University of
Indiana Press, 2000. Pp. 312. Notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 0-253-21399-
1. $19.95, paper.)
Many Spanish-speaking children growing up in the United States before the
Chicano/a movement of the latter sixties went to school to find that they and
their ancestors were largely absent from the American history textbooks they were
told to read. En Aquel Entonces, edited by Manuel G. and Cynthia M. Gonzalez,
brings together a compilation of selected essays that offers a new generation a
readily accessible introduction to Mexican-American history written by promi-
nent Latino, mainly Mexican American, scholars. Taken as a whole, the essays
show the many ways in which the Mexican-American experience has helped shape
American history from the early Spanish colonial period to the present. The
broad temporal, geographic, and thematic treatment offered by this collection
gives the reader a sense of the scope of Mexican American history and, impor-
tantly, of the quality of scholarship in the field.
The thirty-one essays making up this book are divided into five sections pre-
sented in chronological order. It is impossible to discuss each essay in this space
and it seems unfair to mention any if not mentioning all. They are, for the most
part, previously published and well known, but not always easily accessible, jour-
nal articles that have been edited from their original versions and brought to-
gether in five parts around themes and time frames that reflect important phases
in Mexican American history. Considering the large number of essays, it is one of
the accomplishments of the collection that it maintains a coherent sense of unity
while addressing multiple issues.
For those interested in Texas history there are several excellent essays begin-
ning withJesis F. de la Teja's discussion of the Tejano community of "early" Texas
which demonstrates that from the 1820o's to the 1850's, despite mutual suspi-
cions, there existed fundamental shared daily life experiences and cultural ex-
change between early Texans and Tejanos, while Arnoldo de Leon's work on
Chicano disfranchisement in San Antonio in 1896-97 discusses one way in which
the two groups drifted increasingly apart during the second half of the nineteenth
century. Cynthia Orozco's piece analyzes the meanings of the move of LULAC
from Texas into New Mexico and shows how regional differences led to different
strategies and attitudes and helped make LULAC a southwestern institution by
1940, and not just a Texas one. Irene Ledesma's study of Chicana worker activism
in Texas from 1919 to 1974 documents how Mexican American working women,
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