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Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848–1912 Paperback – January 17, 2011

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Border Dilemmas occupies a singular place in the literature on the West. It chronicles cultural relations and the generation of difference along the U.S.-Mexican border at the very moment when both American and Mexican national identities were being forged. Until now, no one has documented the nitty-gritty of this process and the ways that ethnic Mexicans on both sides of the border grappled with the production of local identities anchored in competitive national imaginaries.”—Ramón A. Gutiérrez, co-editor of Mexicans in California: Transformations and Challenges


“In all, this study makes a sizable contribution to our understanding of the diversity and complexity of borderlands identities…. Mora’s work is a must for anyone interested in borderlands history and the interplay of race and nationalism in colonial frontiers.”
(Janne Lahti Canadian Journal of History)

“Mora’s work ... provides a theoretical platform for understanding the issues of changing identity of Mexican Americans outside of New Mexico.”
(F. Arturo Rosales Hispanic American Historical Review)

“Although it is thick with detail and information, the book is easy to read and informative. It presents important information, not only for those interested in the history of New Mexico, the Southwest, or even of the United States, but also for anyone interested in multiculturalism, the nature of the modern State and the social construction of race and identity. The book is ideal for the general reader, as well as for use in courses in social history, gender studies, race and ethnicity and international politics.”
(Ronald J. Angel Ethnic and Racial Studies)

“Anthony Mora has written a thoughtful extended essay on the racialization of citizenship and the demarcation of distinct communities in the context of the U.S.-Mexico border region.”
(Cynthia Radding American Historical Review)

“Besides cutting new trails toward the subject of southern New Mexico and religion along the border, Border Dilemmas offers a sophisticated and clearly written use of cultural theory and a wealth of Spanish-language sources to bolster its central arguments about the retention of Mexican identity and affiliation. The book deserves wide readership among historians of the United States, the American West, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.”
(Pablo Mitchell Journal of American History)

About the Author

Anthony Mora is Assistant Professor of History, American Culture, and Latina/o Studies at the University of Michigan.

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822347970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822347972
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert Noyer on June 8, 2011
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Professor Anthony Mora's monumental study cites the impact of the United States gaining over one-third of Mexico's territory after the U.S.-Mexican War, an action which still resonates in our 21st century. In 1848, and again in 1854, Mexican citizens had to choose between living in the newly conquered lands and becoming Americans, or moving south of the redrawn Mexican border to remain in their traditional homeland. Mora highlights the experiences of residents in two towns now in New Mexico, Mesilla and Las Cruces, as examples of the problems, opportunities, racial, religious and national perceptions that persisted between those years and New Mexican statehood in 1912. These included the status of indigenous Indio cultures existing in each of the mother countries.
The author's six detailed chapters each are summed up at the end in a Conclusion. An Epilogue
discusses present day multiculturalism "Neath the Star Spangled Banner."
Mora uses the word "Euro-American" to describe residents now commonly referred to as "Anglo [Whites.]" Chapters 2-4 relate the history of Mesilla, a town founded by Mexicans who wished to remain so after the war, yet, in 1854, found themselves a part of "Yankilandia." Chapters 5-6 deal with Las Cruces, founded by Mexicans who decided to take a chance as citizens of the United States, and the political discrimination they encountered.
Border Dilemmas a daunting read that will reward those who tackle it with a fascinating background about the roots of the "Immigration Dilemma" discussed almost daily in today's news media.
Albert Noyer / The Ghosts of Glorieta / A Fr. Jake Mystery (2011)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Allan on March 11, 2011
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This fascinating and timely book presents the very beginnings of this dynamic issue by providing insight and historical documentation of the history of the border. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a strong opinion about today's events.
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