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Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California Paperback – May 25, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0520082755 ISBN-10: 0520082753

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  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 25, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520082753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520082755
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 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: #716,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing on an array of primary sources, Monroy (history, Colorado Coll.) shows that Mexican culture in southern California today derives from the interaction of Indians with Europeans and Americans. He uses his basic theme--the experience of people being "thrown among strangers," usually because of demands for labor--to illustrate how cultural and historical change occurs. This interesting history of Spanish and Mexican California covers such salient topics as work, sexuality, and body discipline; patriarchical hierarchies in the missions and ranchos; the emergence of the market economy; and the nature and ramifications of racial violence. Recommended for libraries with collections in ethnic history in general and Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1999
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In light of the divisive politics in California during the 1990s, it is a clear dose of reality to read Douglas Monroy's Thrown Among Strangers. I read this for a history of Los Angeles class at UCLA, and I can't recommend it enough. For anyone who wants to learn about the early history of Los Angeles and how far back the racial politics and injustice of California go back, look no further. This isn't light reading, however. Monroy writes from historical, anthropological, psychological, and cultural perspectives on the conquering of California--first by Spanish missionaries, then Mexican and American rancheros, and finally, the businessman. Victims to all of these are the native Indians of California, who Monroy lends a voice to and remembers. Monroy is angry, and you will be too after finishing this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tunes Plus on November 15, 2011
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I agree with the previous reviewer that the is an excellent, detailed account of the early history of California. It is superior to many books that focus on the "newsmakers" an ignore the social context that made their actions possible. This and Conquests and Historical Identities in California by Lisbeth Haas are my two best sources for detailed accounts of early California history.
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Douglas Monroy is Professor of History at The Colorado College. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Hollywood High School and UCLA, he presently lives in Colorado Springs, though he spends the equivalent of at least two months per year in Southern California. He has two grown children and a six year-old. A mainstay of the faculty softball team at Colorado College for nearly three decades, Doug also plays tennis and golf.

He is the author of Thrown among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California, winner of the James Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians, and Rebirth: Mexican Los Angeles from the Great Migration to the Great Depression, both from the University of California Press. Professor Monroy serves on the OAH Distinguished Speakers Series. For the 2004-2005 year he was the Ray Allen Billington Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Huntington Library and Occidental College. At Colorado College he teaches courses on 20th Century US history, the history of the Southwest and its arts and literature, and historiography. He has led numerous workshops and seminars for K-12 teachers on a variety of issues related to his scholarly work.

As a child he was mostly interested in sports; as a college student in the Civil Rights and Antiwar movements, and in the world of politics and ideas; and Doug Monroy's values, beliefs, and activities have remained consistent with this earlier socialization. Added to this mix has been a strong dose of neo-Freudian thinking and wrestling with the issue of how to mix pleasures with family, environmental, and social responsibility.

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