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State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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Shelf Awareness[A]s a matter of cultural and historical record, State Out of the Union leaves readers with much to consider.”
Iowa City Press-CitizenA scathing critique of [Arizona’s] current politics and history .Biggers’ investigative research and boots-on-the ground journalism not to mention his thorough knowledge of Arizona’s tri-cultural heritage of American Indian, Hispanic American and European American history provide readers with an in-depth understanding of the state’s controversial past and present .His historical and political conclusions are the most damning ever published about Arizona’s short history as a state.” Shelf Awareness[A]s a matter of cultural and historical record, State Out of the Union leaves readers with much to consider.”
[M]ixing memoir, journalism, and history, Biggers narrates a people-focused multicultural story of clashing cycles of nativism and openness in a struggle for community recognition, citizenship rights, and humanity in what has become a militarized borderland . [A] pivotal issue for national consideration [a] compelling reading during a national election season and beyond.”
"[A] sweeping chronicle of Arizona."
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"As the country struggles to deal with immigration, civil rights and what it means to be an American, State Out of the Union serves as a guide to the cultural showdown that now seems inevitable."
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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding the history and politics of Arizona, current immigration and Mexican border issues, and the controversy over ethnic studies, but the book also goes far beyond that. I learned a lot about some of the most extremist, right-wing personalities of the Tea Party and how they behave when in power and also about different groups and individuals, including the Mormons and ancestors of Mitt Romney, who have "settled" in Arizona and Mexico and oppressed native populations at various time in its history. Coming from the fairly liberal state of Massachusetts, I really could not believe what these Tea Party politicians and law-enforcers and vigilantes and school administrators in Arizona do and seem to get away with. The book does show some of these people getting their due, however, for instance, the successful recall of Tom Pearce, and it ends hopefully. The fight will go on there to bring back Mexican American Studies and to challenge anti-Chicano legislation and policies. Note: This book goes well with Jill Lepore's "The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History."
Fortunately though, Biggers also demonstrates that Arizona has just as long of a history of excellent organizing against this nativist reaction. He weaves clearly from issues throughout Arizona's history, old and new. Id recommend the book as required reading for anyone new to the state, or anyone in general who is interested in Arizona's history and how we got to where we are.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding AZ