Manifest Destinies is as compelling now as it was in its first edition a decade ago and if anything even more timely. Expertly combining critical race theory, sociology, politics, ethnic studies, and military history, Gómez dramatizes both the peculiarities of the New Mexican case and its deep importance to understanding the nation’s racial history.
—David Roediger , author of How Race Survived U.S. History
- Laura Gómez’s Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race is an important study that has changed our notions of Latinos in the United States, firmly placing them within its racial tapestry. Given the continued growth of this group and its participation in the political life of the nation (e.g. the Castro Brothers, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz), this second edition allows us to ponder the prospects of Mexican Americans and other Latinos and thus is both timely and necessary.
—Ernesto Chávez, author of The US War with Mexico: A Brief History with Documents
"In a wonderfully rendered account of New Mexico’s early history, Laura Gómez offers an original interpretation of colonialism and a distinctive portrayal of how racism works. The particulars of 19th century New Mexico illuminate everything from Donald Trump’s White Nationalism to Barack Obama’s record-shattering deportation numbers. Gómez manages, at once, to explore subtle variations and contradictions within racial categories without obscuring the murderous hate at the heart of the racism that still centrally defines life in the United States."
—Gerald P. López, author of Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice
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