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Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (7th Edition) Paperback – January 31, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0205786183 ISBN-10: 0205786189 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (January 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205786189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205786183
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent job explaining the role of race, class divisions, and gender in the developing political, social, and cultural interactions between Anglos and Mexicans in Texas and New Mexico."

    - Ashley Sousa, West Valley College

 

"I sincerely think that Dr. Acuña does provides an excellent analysis throughout his book because he is constantly making connections with Mexico and this inclusion help the student understand immigration, social movements and ideology."

    - Laura Larque, Santa Rosa Junior College

 

"I consider Rodolfo Acuña’s Occupied America: A History of Chicanos as one of the few books that offers a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the major historical experiences of Chicanos that invokes critical thinking and intellectual discussion."

    - James Barrera, South Texas College

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Occupied Americais an engaging and comprehensive overview of Chicano history.   Passionately written and extensively researched, the book presents coverage of the roles of race and gender in forming Mexican American identity.

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By E. Serna on August 31, 2011
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I read the 2nd edition as an undergraduate: it hardened my fledgling Chicano identity and motivated me to be an activist and complete higher education. I read the 5th edition (the longest, most thorough) cover to cover as a Chicano Studies instructor, to teach "History of the Americas." Students badly needed a Chicano intellectual perspective and exposure to the Chicano Studies discipline, especially since most texts (even Zinn's A People History of the US) marginalize or exclude Chican@s. I am currently re-reading it for my English PhD studies on Chicano Rhetoric and Epistemology at UC Riverside.
To view history as chiefly a "military" experience (as one "know-it-all-Anglo" reviewer claims is most important) is twisted, distorting and narrow; such a simplistic stance on knowledge will always lead to (a contested) "white supremacy." The real writing of history, and a more humane one, is a more arduous task, and more complex work. That is what Acuna does.
One key cornerstone of establishing Chicano Studies and formalizing a Chicano identity in this country was the writing of Chicano History; anyone who studies the seminal period of Chicano/Ethnic Studies in the late 60's understands that it was the historians and other social scientists that carved out intellectual space (along with the participation of militant student activism) at universities across the nation. In the act, they also toppled the one-sided triumphalist romanticism that was called "US history" at that time. The Revisionist movement and a global Cultural Studies tradition owe a great deal to Chicano Historians/Studies - Acuna prominent among them - who were at the trenches of this activity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Onofre Antonio Abarca on August 6, 2013
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This is a good book for Chicanos to understand their history and everybody else to really understand the Chicano people. I got this book for my grandson so he can really understand our history: in order to go forward we need to know our past!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo Zamora on July 7, 2012
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This book was required in my Mexican History class, I found it to be pretty interesting there are a lot of facts presented but the author also makes his opinion heard, he is not very impartial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Kittle on September 7, 2014
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I'm quite familiar with the writings of Acuna and his fellow reconquistas.

A friend recently gave me his copy of this over-priced book, which I believe is required reading at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA.

There is useful history to be gleaned if you know how to wade through non-stop Chicano self-glorification. That's why I generously gave it 2 stars.

Be aware that this is the flip side of the "White Man civilizes savage Indian" propaganda that passed for US History over a half century ago. By now we're all familiar with the crimes of Europeans, and many non-Jewish Whites are intellectually immobilized with guilt as a result.

Today's climate of political correctness means honest & deserved criticism of non-white cultures is taboo.

Everyone toots their own horn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Sims on February 21, 2014
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This is one of the books banned by AZ legislators because it provided a perspective on American history which didn't fit the official Pollyanna history of the US. AZ legislators also banned Howard Zinn's Peoples History of the United States--both books in very good company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Barrera on December 31, 2013
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Excellent book! Serves as an overview of Mexican descent people's history since pre-Columbian era until now. Have used the book as a secondary source for many research papers in senior level history courses. Roles of women in the history are highlighted something that other editions lack according to one of my professors. I recommend for anyone interested In or currently in Chicano/Latino/Mexican American Studies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shantal on July 18, 2013
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I JUST LOOOOOVE IT!
next semester im going to get my books from here i really love it.... thank you!
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54 of 81 people found the following review helpful By D. Gallegos on September 17, 2001
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Every view that we will ever see about history is a view that is skewed by personal feelings. As historians, it is our job to figure out what is fact and what is feeling. This book may not be the most objective book about the history of the Xicano people, but it spoke to me in the same way that the Anglo child finds solace in the played out text books found in school. I relate to the stories that Acuna tells, and I enjoy his point of view. He is a wonderful historian, and worthy of being put in the same class as Zinn (A people's history of the U.S.) I hope you enjoy this book, and listen to the frustration in the writing. It is the key to the Chicano's history in a society where Anglo paradigms edit the truth.
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