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1 The Dominguez Family: A Mexican-American Journey
Donna S Morales and John P Schmal
2004, 5˝x8˝, paper, 268 pp, Heritage Books
Narrated by family member, Donna Morales, this is the touching and dramatic story of one Mexican-American family's struggle to find its part of the American dream. Ms. Morales explains, "My family left Mexico in 1909 just as the country began its slow descent into a bloody ten-year revolution. Coming to Kansas City in 1918, my family's services in the railroad and meat packing industries of Kansas City were very much desired by the Kansas business community. However, from a social standpoint, my family was not eagerly nor warmly welcomed to Kansas during the early decades of the twentieth century." "For the first decades of our stay in Kansas, we endured discrimination, humiliation, and segregation at the hands of our own countrymen. We could not eat at certain restaurants, could not attend certain church services, were not allowed in some movie theaters and could not send our children to certain schools. However, with great faith in God and in America, we endured and we triumphed." When the tyranny of Nazi Germany threatened the world, the Dominguez family stepped forward to make its contribution to America's war effort. While many family members worked in the defense industry, two Dominguez brothers went to war. Like other Mexican-American families, this family was prepared to make sacrifices for the land that they loved. Five weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany, 18-year-old Louie Dominguez died while fighting on German soil against an enemy that was nearly defeated. At the moment that Louie gave his life for his country, his older brother and role model Erminio languished in a German POW camp 200 miles away in Bavaria. Through their sacrifices and efforts, the Dominguez family and other Mexican-American families of Kansas have become an integral part of Kansas City's diverse ethnic fabric. The story of the Dominguez family is the story of many Mexican-American families who came to America and triumphed over many obstacles to find their rightful place in American society.
M2527 
Price: 28.50 USD

 

 

2 The Indigenous Roots of a Mexican-American Family
Donna S. Morales and John P. Schmal
(2003), 2008, 5˝x8˝, paper, indices, 206 pp, Heritage Books
In their second collaboration together, the authors begin their narration by taking the reader back thousands of years to reveal the complex and fascinating history of Mexico's Indian tribes, and conclude with the story of nine generations of the Indian-Mexican-American Morales family. Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, an incredible diversity of aboriginal peoples lived in the area we now know as Mexico. After the conquest of the Aztecs, the greatest challenge to continued Spanish domination in Mexico lay in the northern lands of Zacatecas and Jalisco. It was here that the Chichimeca Indians waged half a century of guerilla warfare against the invading Spaniards. In the second half of the book, the ordinary lives and activities of nine generations of the Morales family are followed through three centuries as they evolve from Indian warriors to Indian peasants and, eventually, to citizens of the Mexican Republic. Then, in 1912, as the Mexican Revolution raged, the Morales family sought refuge in the United States and made its home in Kansas City. This history follows the evolution of one family through a series of cultural, spiritual, linguistic, genetic, religious, professional, and personal transformations.
M2469 
Price: 26.50 USD

 
 
Mexican-American Folklore, John O. West


3 Mexican-American Folklore
John O. West
paperback, August House, Inc.
Mexican-Americans of today are richly nourished by the folkways of three cultures-Indian, Spanish, and Mexican. This comprehensive look at the Mexican-American world includes proverbs, riddles, and folksongs; folk narrative, from Pancho Villa to urban ghosts, saints to revolutionaries; customs, from household shrines to irrigation rituals to charreadas or Mexican-style rodeos; children's games, home remedies, folk foods, crafts, dress, and more. Mexican-American Folklore draws its material from the entire American Southwest and from previous generations as well as from contemporary adaptations of customs to modern life.

About Author
JOHN O. WEST is also the author of Cowboy Folk Humor.


Reviews
Southwest Book Award, Border Regional Library Assn.
"A compendium of the folk wisdom of Mexican-American culture." —Booklist

"West's book is packed with information of all kinds; surprising scope and depth." —Books of the Southwest

"A first-rate book that does justice to an endlessly fascinating subject." —El Paso Herald-Post

"Dr. West has written a classic, a book that will serve as a valuable reference tool for years to come." —PASSWORD, El Paso County Historical Society

"Filled with entertaining and enlightening information." —San Antonio Express-News

"John West has produced an outstanding study of Mexican-American folklore, [filled with] hundreds of fascinating [details]." —The Bloomsbury Review
830591 
Price: 17.95 USD

 
Naturalizations of Mexican Americans: Extracts, Volume 1, John P. Schmal


4 Naturalizations of Mexican Americans: Extracts, Volume 1
John P. Schmal
2006, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 352 pp, Heritage Books
Volume 1 in this series contains a unique and detailed collection of extracts from 311 naturalization documents filed by Mexican immigrants between 1860 and 1950. The applicants came from several states in Mexico, and entered the United States through Texas, Arizona, and California. Extracts from these documents yield important details such as date and place of birth, last foreign residence, names of spouse and children, date and place of marriage, and more. Naturalization records also reveal the port of entry and the location of the district court where the documents were filed, which can direct the researcher to additional records of genealogical interest. Generally, but with some exceptions, the naturalization process produced three key documents: the declaration of intent to become a citizen, the petition for naturalization, and the certificate of naturalization. In the case of non-citizens, alien registration forms were filed, many of which can be as detailed as the naturalization documents. Information from all of these documents has been extracted for this series. The introduction also provides helpful research advice, relevant websites, and statistics on the book's contents. As Mexican immigrants assimilated into American culture, sometimes the genealogical information that linked them to their ancestral homeland became lost. This collection will help many Mexican Americans restore that link.
S3800 
Price: 34.00 USD

 
 
Naturalizations of Mexican Americans: Extracts, Volume 2, John P. Schmal


5 Naturalizations of Mexican Americans: Extracts, Volume 2
John P. Schmal
2006, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 400 pp, Heritage Books
Volume 2 in this series contains a unique and detailed collection of extracts from 371 naturalization documents filed by Mexican immigrants between 1860 and 1950. The applicants came from several states in Mexico, and entered the United States through Texas, Arizona, and California. Extracts from these documents yield important details such as date and place of birth, last foreign residence, names of spouse and children, date and place of marriage, and more. Naturalization records also reveal the port of entry and the location of the district court where the documents were filed, which can direct the researcher to additional records of genealogical interest. Generally, but with some exceptions, the naturalization process produced three key documents: the declaration of intent to become a citizen, the petition for naturalization, and the certificate of naturalization. In the case of non-citizens, alien registration forms were filed, many of which can be as detailed as the naturalization documents. Information from all of these documents has been extracted for this series. The introduction also provides helpful research advice, relevant websites, and statistics on the book's contents. As Mexican immigrants assimilated into American culture, sometimes the genealogical information that linked them to their ancestral homeland became lost. This collection will help many Mexican Americans restore that link.
S3803 
Price: 37.50 USD

 
Naturalizations of Mexican Americans: Extracts, Volume 3, John P. Schmal


6 Naturalizations of Mexican Americans: Extracts, Volume 3
John P. Schmal
2006, 5˝x8˝, paper, alpha., 344 pp, Heritage Books
Volume 3 in this series contains a unique and detailed collection of extracts from 313 naturalization documents filed by Mexican immigrants between 1860 and 1950. The applicants came from several states in Mexico, and entered the United States through Texas, Arizona, and California. Extracts from these documents yield important details such as date and place of birth, last foreign residence, names of spouse and children, date and place of marriage, and more. Naturalization records also reveal the port of entry and the location of the district court where the documents were filed, which can direct the researcher to additional records of genealogical interest. Generally, but with some exceptions, the naturalization process produced three key documents: the declaration of intent to become a citizen, the petition for naturalization, and the certificate of naturalization. In the case of non-citizens, alien registration forms were filed, many of which can be as detailed as the naturalization documents. Information from all of these documents has been extracted for this series. The introduction also provides helpful research advice, relevant websites, and statistics on the book's contents. As Mexican immigrants assimilated into American culture, sometimes the genealogical information that linked them to their ancestral homeland became lost. This collection will help many Mexican Americans restore that link.
S4113 
Price: 34.00 USD

 
 
Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Michigan, Rudolph Valier Alvarado and Sonya Yvette Alvarado.


7 Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Michigan
Rudolph Valier Alvarado and Sonya Yvette Alvarado.
90 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, illus., map, paperback, Michigan State University Press
Unlike most of their immigrant counterparts, up until the turn of the twentieth century most Mexicans and Mexican Americans did not settle permanently in Michigan but were seasonal laborers, returning to homes in the southwestern United States or Mexico in the winter. Nevertheless, during the past century the number of Mexicans and Mexican Americans settling in Michigan has increased dramatically, and today Michigan is undergoing its third "great wave" of Mexican immigration. Though many Mexican and Mexican American immigrants still come to Michigan seeking work on farms, many others now come seeking work in manufacturing and construction, college educations, opportunities to start businesses, and to join family members already established in the state. In Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Michigan, Rudolph Valier Alvarado and Sonya Yvette Alvarado examine the settlement trends and growth of this population, as well as the cultural and social impact that the state and these immigrants have had on one another. The story of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Michigan is one of a steadily increasing presence and influence that well illustrates how peoples and places combine to create traditions and institutions.

About Author
Rudolph Valier Alvarado is an independent scholar and the author of works in a variety of genres, including poetry, drama, literary criticism, fiction, nonfiction, history, and biography.
Sonya Yvette Alvarado teaches at Eastern Michigan University.
136666 
Price: 11.95 USD

     


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