Del Pueblo
A History of Houston's Hispanic Community
Mexican American Studies - Immigration History - Texas History - History - Western History
6 x 9, 192 pp.
73 b&w photos. 2 maps. Appendix. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 02/13/2012
Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Price:        $30.00

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Del Pueblo

A History of Houston's Hispanic Community

Thomas H. Kreneck

Though relatively small in number until the latter decades of the nineteenth century, Houston'sHispanic population possesses a rich and varied history that has previously not been readily associated in the popular imagination with Houston. However, in 1989, the first edition of Thomas H. Kreneck’s Del Pueblo vividly captured the depth and breadth of Houston’s Hispanic people, illustrating both the obstacles and the triumphs that characterized this vital community’s rise to prominence during the twentieth century.

This new, revised edition of Del Pueblo: A History of Houston’s Hispanic Community updates that vibrant history, incorporating research on trends and changes through the beginning of the new millennium. Especially important in this new edition are Kreneck’s historical contextualization of the 1980s as the “Decade of the Hispanic” and his documentation of other significant developments taking place since the publication of the original edition.

Illustrated with seventy-five photographs of significant people, places, and events, this new edition of Del Pueblo: A History of Houston’s Hispanic Community updates the unfolding story of one of the nation’s most influential and dynamic ethnic groups. Students and scholars of Mexican American and Hispanic issues and culture, as well as general readers interested in this important aspect of Houston and regional history, will not want to be without this important book.

THOMAS H. KRENECK is associate director for special collections and archives at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library and Joe B. Frantz Lecturer in Public History at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He is also the author of Mexican American Odyssey: Felix Tijerina, Entrepreneur and Civic Leader, 1905–1965, published in 2001 by Texas A&M University Press.

What Readers Are Saying:

"A readable, informative history of one of the nation's largest and most significant centers of Hispanic people by one of the most accomplished students of Houston's Mexican American development."--Arnoldo De León, Angelo State University

"This expanded edition of Del Pueblo is a testament to Kreneck's deep understanding of Mexican American history and a valuable addition to US urban, regional and Latino historiography."--Roberto Treviño, University of Texas at Arlington


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