How Myth Became History: Texas Exceptionalism in the by John E. Dean PDF

By John E. Dean

ISBN-10: 0816532427

ISBN-13: 9780816532421

The parable of Texas starting place frequently starts on the Alamo. This tale relies on ideology instead of on fact, but ideology is the basis for the U.S. American cultural reminiscence that underwrites authentic background. The Alamo, as a story of nationwide development, helps the heroic acts that experience created the “Lone celebrity State,” a unified entrance of U.S. American liberty within the face of Mexican oppression. How fable grew to become heritage explores the formation of nationwide, ethnic, racial, and sophistication identities within the Texas borderlands. analyzing Mexican, Mexican American, and Anglo Texan narratives as competing representations of the interval spanning the Texas assertion of Independence to the Mexican Revolution, John E. Dean lines the construction and improvement of border topics and histories. Dean makes use of historical past, historic fiction, postcolonial conception, and U.S.-Mexico border idea to disrupt “official” Euro-American histories. Dean argues that the Texas-Mexico borderlands complicate nationwide, ethnic, and racial transformations. He makes this transparent in his dialogue of the Mexican Revolution, while many Mexican americans who observed themselves as Mexicans fought for competing progressive factions in Mexico, whereas others who observed themselves as U.S. americans attempted to distance themselves from Mexico altogether. reading literary representations of the border, How delusion turned heritage emphasizes the heterogeneity of border groups and foregrounds narratives that experience frequently been occluded, corresponding to Mexican-Indio histories. The border, based on Dean, nonetheless represents a contested geographical entity that destabilizes ethnic and racial teams. Border dynamics offer serious perception into the vexed prestige of the modern Texas-Mexico divide and aspect to broader implications for nationwide and transnational id.

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The imaginary rinche has killed “unarmed men and little children,” and Guálinto fights for the innocent Mexicans’ rights (Paredes, Gómez 68). Guálinto’s neighbor, Francisco López-Lebré, observes Guálinto in the garden and comments, “Fighting himself ” (70). Guálinto’s two conflicting selves create an ambivalent subject at school: “In the schoolroom he was an American; at home and on the playground he was a Mexican” (147). S. American as he hears “The Star-Spangled Banner” and reads Anglo-normative accounts of George Washington and Francis Marion fighting the British, of Long John Silver’s discovering pirate treasure, and of Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher finding their way out of a cave, while Injun Joe, the ethnic Other, is walled up in the cave and left to starve to death.

The first three chapters of this monograph compare how History has been written by a privileged white sector of the United States to how histories are written by Mexico Texans and Mexicans in response. The last three chapters analyze how Anglo Americans, Mexicans, and Mexican Americans viewed both Mexico and the United States during the Mexican Revolution, when many Mexico Texans either left Texas to fight in the Revolution or stayed in Texas to upset the Anglo Texan order that, in many ways, mirrored Mexico’s despotic government, which the Revolution was intended to overthrow.

Jorge Wachinton” (16). Both Gumersindo’s pronunciation and memory of George Washington resist official history as he imagines a George Washington– Abraham Lincoln hybrid. Gumersindo remembers that this great man “crossed a river while it was freezing. He drove out the English and freed the slaves” (16). The grandmother joins this resistance as she mispronounces Washington, calling the baby Guálinto. Feliciano corrects her mispronunciation by repeating Gumersindo’s mispronunciation: Wachinton. The grandmother insists that her pronunciation, which is a hybrid of Spanish and English, must articulate the baby’s identity: “ ‘Guálinto,’ said the grandmother, with the pride of one who finally succeeds at a difficult task” (17).

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