The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest – John R. Chávez

lost-land-chicano-image-southwestWhat is now the American Southwest was once the Mexican North. Although the land changed hands well over a century ago, Spanish-surnamed Southwesterners have continued to see present-day California, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, most of Colorado, and parts of Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Kansas as a lost homeland, occupied by Anglo-Americans. This book traces the changes in the Chicano perception of the Southwest from the earliest times to the present, focusing on the 135 years since the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. By means of wide-ranging research in a variety of primary sources, the author has constructed a fascinating intellectual history of Chicano self-perception, quoting and analyzing documents ranging from Aztec chronicles to Spanish-language newspapers, from studies in Chicano folklore to the speeches of such political spokesmen as Reies López Tijerina and José Angel Gutiérrez.

Chávez’s insights into the reasons why Chicanos have viewed themselves at different times as foreigners in their native land, as pure-blooded Spaniards, and as “hyphenated Americans” will be of interest not just to fellow historians but to anyone attentive to the culture of the Southwest. Because the desire to recover the lost homeland has always been tied to the desire for cultural, political, and economic self-determination, the story of the hope and the struggle for the return of the Southwest to its Chicano citizens is central to Chicano history.

-from the back cover

Available at the Cervantes Institute Library at Chicago/ Disponible en la biblioteca del Instituto Cervantes de Chicago: http://absysnet.cervantes.es/abnetopac02/abnetcl.exe?ACC=DOSEARCH&xsqf99=@titn=570493

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