Charros : how Mexican cowboys are remapping race and American identity / Laura R. Barraclough
- Barraclough, Laura R.
- Additional Titles:
- How Mexican cowboys are remapping race and American identity
- Oakland, California : University of California Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 280 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
- Claiming state power in mid-twentieth century Los Angeles -- Building San Antonio's postwar tourist economy -- Creating multicultural public institutions in Denver and Pueblo -- Claiming suburban public space and transforming L.A.'s racial geographies -- Shaping animal welfare laws and becoming formal political subjects.
- "The cowboy--in the popular imagination, no figure is more central to American identity and the nation's origin story. Yet the Americans and Europeans who settled the U.S. West learned virtually everything they knew from the indigenous and Mexican horsemen who already inhabited the region. The charro--a skilled, elite, and landowning horseman--was an especially powerful symbol of Mexican masculinity and nationalism. After 1930 in cities across the U.S. West, Mexican Americans embraced the figure as a way to challenge their segregation, exploitation, and marginalization in core narratives of American identity. In this definitive history, Laura Barraclough shows how Mexican Americans have used the charro in the service of civil rights, cultural citizenship, and place-making. Focusing on a range of U.S. cities, Charros traces the evolution of the "original cowboy" through mixed triumphs and hostile backlashes, revealing him to be a crucial agent in the production of U.S., Mexican, and border cultures, as well as a guiding force for Mexican American identity and social movements"--Provided by publisher.
- 9780520289116 hardcover alkaline paper
0520289110 hardcover alkaline paper
9780520289123 paperback alkaline paper
0520289129 paperback alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-259) and index.
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