From Library Journal
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.
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From the Inside Flap
"This fine study sets a new standard for race-relations history. Rather than focusing on a single group, as do most works on the history of race and ethnicity, it deals with the interaction of Indians, Spanish, Mexicans, and Euro-Americans in frontier California. Besides revealing how each group treated others, or reacted to them, it penetrates deeply into the contrasting cultures that underlay these actions and responses. It is thoroughly researched, well-written, and interdisciplinary in the best sense."
--Award Committee, James A. Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians
"Monroy adeptly combines original historical records and a comfortable storytelling technique to highlight clashes over religion, property ownership, enforced labor and the head-on collision of social values throughout 19th century Southern California."
--Wayne A. Saroyan, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review