Identity construction of Spanish-speaking inhabitants of New Mexico has drawn a great amount of attention. Recent attention by scholars such as Pablo Mitchell and John Nieto-Phillips has produced a clearer understanding of this issue. Border Dilemmas by Anthony Mora successfully adds to the clarification. The thesis of this engaging book is that changing social and economic conditions alter identity imaging significantly from the perspectives of both outsiders and insiders. Using numerous and varied sources, the author demonstrates this by providing a unique geographical slice of New Mexican social history. The story begins with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 and ends with New Mexico achieving statehood in 1912. The increasing US hege mony played a pivotal role in the shifting images of Hispanics in New Mexico. Unlike most assessments of this subject, the study focuses on southern New Mexico,...
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Book Review| November 01 2012
Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848–1912
Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848–1912. By Mora, Anthony.
Duke University Press,
379pp. , $24.95.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2012) 92 (4): 772–774.
F. Arturo Rosales; Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848–1912. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2012; 92 (4): 772–774. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-1728178
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