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Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California

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ISBN-13: 978-0520082755
ISBN-10: 0520082753
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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.
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"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
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Product Details

  • 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 (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By vanessa on August 18, 2015
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Book came in great shape.
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