Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2000


Published in Great Plains Research 10 (Fall 2000). Copyright © 2000 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


In their introduction editors Manuel G. and Cynthia M. Gonzales claim their task is to examine the diversity and complexity of "Chicano history" from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. This is an ambitious undertaking, and they acknowledge that "the story is too varied and complex to be incorporated under a single rubric" (xi). Still, the effort is certainly worthwhile and in this case fairly effective.

The sheer volume of chronologically arranged articles (thirty-one) is impressive, as is the roster of contributors. Topics such as Tejano life in Texas, land grant adjudication, labor unrest in California, beet workers on the Great Plains, Mexican American education, Texas-Mexican music, and Chicana feminist discourse are addressed by such eminent scholars as Frank Jesus de las Tejas, Arnoldo De Leon, Dennis Nodin Valdes, Guadalupe San Miguel, and Carlos Munoz Jr. Providing readers with information on Mexican American life and labor in many areas of the United States, the essays offer a sense of the breadth and scope of this important and expanding field of historical study.