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their publication immediately produced an outpouring of literary and
Augmenting the ranks of academicians investigating Tejano topics
are scholars of non-Texas Mexican heritage. Younger Anglo Americans
have entered Tejano history increasingly to build upon the existing lit-
erature and to make seminal statements of their own." Historians in
Mexico have expressed keen interest in Tejano history as well; some
study it as a dimension of Mexico's greater history, some review Tejano
books for Spanish-language periodicals, and others make presenta-
tions on Tejano topics at historical conferences in the United States.40
There is, lastly, a handful of Cuban American scholars in Texas univer-
sities who have made Tejano history one of their fields of inquiry.
Further indications of the respect accorded Tejano history come
from the steadfast backing given to the field by undergraduate and
graduate students. Currently, many four-year institutions in the state
employ a historian (either Anglo or of Hispanic-descent) responsible
for satisfying the curiosity of college students in upper-level Mexican
American history courses. Then there are several proto-historians in
graduate schools preparing dissertations on some dimension of the
Tejano imprint. Other students engage in research missions such as
the U.S. Latinos and Latinas and WWII Oral History Project currently
under way at the University of Texas School ofJournalism.
But respect for the field of Tejano history does not stop at the walls
of the academy. Public school teachers seem ever eager to learn more,
hoping to be better prepared to pass on fresh discoveries to young-
sters. They frequent the local public library for further readings or
take refresher courses offered at summer institutes. Office workers,
among them state employees, take ethnic holidays seriously and often
display unabashed gratitude to the local expert (usually a college pro-
fessor) who represents the Tejano history team.
iS Thomas H. Kreneck, "Recovering the 'Lost' Manuscripts of Jovita Gonzalez," Texas Library
Journal, 74 (Summer, 1998), 76-79. Among the new attention directed atJovita Gonzilez during
the late 199ggos was Jose E. Lim6n, "Introduction," toJovita Gonzilez and Eve Raleigh, Caballero: A
Histoncal Novel (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1996), and Lim6n, "Introduction,"
to Jovita Gonzilez, Dew on the Thorn (Houston: Arte Piblico Press, 1997); and extensive discus-
sions in Garza-Falc6n, Gente Decente, and Louis Gerard Mendoza, Hstoria. The Lzterary Making of
Chicana and Chicano Hstory (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2oo001).
" See the annual updates on books, articles, and dissertations on Tejano history published
every October in the "Southwestern Collection" section of the Southwestern Histoncal Quarterly.
40 An example of one such conference presentation-a paper delivered at the "Mexican
Americans in Texas History" Conference held m San Antonio, Texas, in May 199gg-is Miguel
Gonzilez Quiroga, "Mexicanos in Texas During the Civil War," in Emilio Zamora, Cynthia E.
Orozco, and Rodolfo Rocha (eds.), Mexican Amencans in Texas Hstory: Selected Essays (Austin:
Texas State Historical Association, sooo). Recently, speakers from Mexico joined U.S. scholars
(some of them speclahsts m Tejano history) in making presentations at "The Borderlands m
Transition" conference held at Texas A&M International University m Laredo, November 200oo1.
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