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New Book Explores Importance of Mexicans in U.S. History

John Tutino

John Tutino

April 23, 2012 – John Tutino, professor in the history department and School of Foreign Service, has edited a new book noting how Mexican Americans have constructively participated in North American history.

Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States (University of Texas Press, 2012) is the first volume to result from the Americas Initiative, a program sponsored by Georgetown College that fosters teaching, research and public engagement on the history and the future of the integration of the northern and southern hemispheres.

“The book aims to shift the conversation about the roles of Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S. away from current emphases on conflicts – to focus on the ways that Mexican legacies, Mexican immigrants and Mexican-American citizens have shaped and continue to shape the United States,” Tutino explains.

The eight-chapter volume explores how economic, social and cultural legacies grounded in colonial New Spain shaped Mexico and the United States.

Katherine Benton-Cohen, associate professor of history, contributed a chapter to the book, “Making Americans and Mexicans in the Arizona Borderlands.”

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