Monday, March 18, 2019
Recovering History, Constructing Race: the Indian, Black, and White Roo
get History, Constructing Race the Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican AmericansRecovering Aztlan Racial organic law Through a Shared History (1)Traditionally history of the Americas and American population has been taught in a direction heading west from europium to the California frontier. In Recovering History, Constructing Race, Martha Mencahca locates the origins of the history of the Americas in a flowered pattern where migration from Asia, Europe, and Africa both voluntary and forced converge magnetically in Mexico then spreads out again to the north and northeast. By creating this patters she complicates the idea of race, history, and nationality. The term Mexican, which to mean solar mean solar day refers to a specific nationality in Central America, is instead employ as a divided historic and cultural identity of a people who spread from Mexico across the confederationwest United States. To create this shared identity Menchaca carefully constructs the Mexican race from prehistoric records to current battles for well-mannered Rights. What emerges is a story in which Anglo-Americans become the illegal immigrants crossing the rim into Texas and mestizo Mexicans can earn an upgrade in class preeminence through heroic military acts. In short what emerges is a sometimes upside down always creative reinvention of history and the creation of the Mexican race (?).Mexicans, as constructed by Menchaca, are a predominantly mestizo population whose mixed ancestry she traces to early Latin American civilizations. In 200 BC the largest city in the Americas, Teotihuacn, was founded. Teotihuacn would one day be the site of Mexico City, and by 650 AD there were between 120,000 and 250,000 inhabitants. (2) Groups that live the region fro... ...e, history, and blood. The specific commingling that emerges, however, has common roots in its very diversity. end-to-end her tale Menchacas allegiance is clearly to her race, and while the bias comes through, the history she traces is neer the less compelling. The strongest achievement of this book is that it fundamentally shifts the gaze of its reader by reifying race and celebrating its complexity. Notes1. Aztlan is the quasimythylogical homeland of the Chichimec people who were expelled by their god and traveled south to found civilizations in Mexico. It is theoretically located in present day New Mexico.2. Martha Menchaca, Recovering History, Constructing Race the Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans (Texas University of Texas Press, 2001), 29.3. Menchaca, 47. 4. Menchaca, 50.5. Menchaca, 199.