Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America

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Vintage Books, 2008 - Social Science - 317 pages
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An unprecedented account of the long-term cultural and political influences that Mexican-Americans will have on the collective character of our nation.In considering the largest immigrant group in American history, Gregory Rodriguez examines the complexities of its heritage and of the racial and cultural synthesis--mestizaje--that has defined the Mexican people since the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. He persuasively argues that the rapidly expanding Mexican American integration into the mainstream is changing not only how Americans think about race but also how we envision our nation. Brilliantly reasoned, highly thought provoking, and as historically sound as it is anecdotally rich, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds is a major contribution to the discussion of the cultural and political future of the United States.

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Review: Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America

User Review  - John Gurney - Goodreads

Gregory Rodriguez pulls off the arduous task of presenting a trove of data - there are 40 pages of endnotes - and history in a highly readable way. Making the task more challenging is the very nature ... Read full review

Review: Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

It was a very informational read and I feel that the author was generally unbiased in his writing, but I also feel that he could've discussed the implications or opened the floor to different ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Gregory Rodriguez studied the sociology of the Latinization of California at UCLA. He has been a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute in Washington, D.C., a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Opinion Section and a political analyst for MSNBC. His work has appeared in many of the nation's leading publications, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The New Republic.

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