Tejano West Texas

978-1-62349-290-8 Cloth
6.125 x 9.25. 192 pp. 3 maps. 18 tables. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 07/24/2015
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Winner, 2016 Tejano Book Award, sponsored by the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin
Featuring a side of Tejano history too often neglected, author Arnoldo De León shows that people of Spanish-Mexican descent were not passive players in or, worse, absent from West Texas history but instead were active agents at the center of it.

The collection of essays in Tejano West Texas—many never before published—will correct decades of historiographical oversight by emphasizing the centrality of the Mexican American experience in the history of the region.

De León, a true dean of Tejano history, showcases the continued presence and contribution of Mexican Americans to West Texas. This collection begins in the 1770s when settlers of Mexican descent first began migrating to Presidio and then to other sections of the Big Bend. De León then turns his attention to the nineteenth century when Mexican immigrants and other Texans searched for work throughout the West Texas hinterland, and his coverage continues onward through the twentieth century.

Mexican American and Texas history scholars will find Tejano West Texas to be an invaluable addition to the Tejano narrative.

Published by Texas A&M University Press