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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Montejano presents an organized historical perspective of Anglos and Mexicans in the making of Texas. Four major time periods of incorporation, reconstruction, segregation and integration are used effectively to compartmentalize major historical events, serve as accurate sociopolitical descriptors and facilitate reader comprehension of these events. This approach is particularly helpful to the novice historian in conjunction with the tables and maps used to illustrate the content discussed. Sensitive ethnic cultural issues are discussed objectively with inflammatory or emotion laden terms avoided. Though subtle, subjectivity is present in the author's interpretative comments of Texas-Mexico history; the reader gains a sense of windowing into the author's personal thoughts and views of segregation, integration, political activism, and the Chicano Movement as one example of effective activism. Various unique photographs validate the major time periods discussed and project the fear which Mexicans and Mexican Texans experienced especially during the segregation and integration eras during 1920-40 and 1940-86 respectively.
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