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2003 Whither Tejano History: Origins, Development, and Status
a time, university presses today compete for quality manuscripts that
touch upon the many dimensions of the Tejano experience.
Moreover, publishers outside the state take as much interest in these
works as do their Texas rivals. Since the late 198os Tejano mono-
graphs and articles have won a proportionate share of awards and
prizes offered by such organizations as the Texas State Historical
Association and the Texas Institute of Letters.
Further commending Tejano history are several research initiatives
being undertaken along different fronts. Works complementing exist-
ing scholarship and newer explorations of unstudied aspects of the
Tejano community continue pouring forth. The pecan shellers' strike
of 1938 is an example of an old subject being unceasingly investigated;
historians keep dredging through the record, asking new questions
and offering edifying answers to what seems not much more than
another manifestation of labor discontent during the 1930os.3 The
Plan de San Diego offers another example. First studied in the 1970s,
it continues to fascinate scholars today."6 But equally stimulating to
Tejano history is the wave of recent publications on topics previously
neglected. Among others, the interest in biography jumps to mind. Up
to the mid-199os, one seldom encountered a book on the life of a
prominent Tejano/a; since then, historians have looked at varied
Tejano subjects, from entrepreneurs to academicians to political boss-
es." The qualitative depth of Tejano history is further exhibited in the
growth of archival collections, oftentimes staffed by archivist/histori-
ans dedicated to recovering documents once thought not to exist
(after all, Mexican Americans were an illiterate people!). Among the
most famous finds in the mid-199os were the novels written by famed
folklorist Jovita Gonzilez; the discovery of those lost manuscripts and
" Many of these studies are incorporated in Zaragosa Vargas, "Tejana Radical: Emma
Tenayuca and the San Antonio Labor Movement During the Great Depression," Pacific Hstorical
Review, 66 (Nov., 1997), 553-580
"' For instance: Juan G6mez-Quifiones, "The Plan de San Diego Reviewed," Aztldn, i (Spring,
1970), 124-132; Charles H. Harris and Louis R Sadler, "The Plan of San Diego and the
Mexican-United States Crisis of 1916: A Reexammation," Hspanic American Historcal Review, 58
(Aug, 1978), 381-408, Rodolfo Rocha, "The Influence of the Mexican Revolution on the
Mexico-Texas Border, 1910-1916" (Ph.D. diss., Texas Tech University, 1981), James A. Sandos,
Rebellion in the Borderlands Anarchism and the Plan of San Diego, 1904-1923 (Norman: University of
Oklahoma Press, 1992); L. H. Warburton, "The Plan de San Diego: Background and Selected
Documents," The Journal of South Texas, 12, no. 1 (1999), 125-155; and Benjamin HeberJohnson,
"Sedition and Citizenship in South Texas, 1900-1930" (Ph.D. diss., Yale University, 2000).
7 See for example Louise Ann Fisch, All Rise- Reynaldo G. Garza: The Fzrst Mexican Federal Judge
(College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1996); Felix D. Almariz Jr., Knight Without Armor:
Carlos Eduardo Castanieda, 1896-1958 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2ooo); J.
Gilberto Quezada, Border Boss: Manuel B. Bravo and Zapata County (College Station: Texas A&M
University Press, 1999); Thomas H. Kreneck, Mexican American Odyssey: Felix Tyenna, Entrepreneur
and Civic Leader, 1905-1965 (College Station Texas A&M University Press, 2oo001); and Mario T.
Garcia, The Making of a Mexican American Mayor (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1999).
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