The Spanish-Americans of New Mexico: A Heritage of Pride

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found in other states. But as Marden and Meyer ( 1962:140) have said, quoting George Sanchez,

In the last analysis these are all Spanish-Mexican peoples, with all that that implies. These people, in New Spain and then in Mexico and in the U.S., have been consistently disadvantaged peoples, much in the same boat as to socioeconomic circumstances. These common antecedents have given a fundamental sameness to their culture, and as a consequence to their behavior. Therefore, they are all mexicanos, they all belong to "la raza."

It should be emphasized that the present status of the middle- and upper-class Spanish-speaking groups in New Mexico appears to be considerably higher than in other U.S. areas such as California and Texas.15 It has not always been so (Zeleny 1944). It also appears that as the Spanish-speaking people rise in the socioeconomic hierarchy their political power declines. This may be related to the process of acculturation which leads more individuals to align themselves according to interests other than the preservation of the ethnic group, as well as to the fact that their numerical majority has steadily declined in recent years. It may fairly be said that in this sense the New Mexican situation is different from that in other areas. But the primary differences seem to be in the social behavior relating the classes to each other and to the larger Anglo social structures of which they form a part.


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1
For descriptions of family organization, see especially Burma ( 1954); Hurt ( 1941); Johansen ( 1942, 1943); Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck ( 1961); Walter ( 1938).
2
There is a series of interesting small studies of the Albuquerque area. See, in

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vi
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Notes xv
  • Chapter I - Setting 5
  • Notes 14
  • Chapter II - Language, Race, and Culture 15
  • Notes 30
  • Chapter III - Early Settlement and Traditional Culture 33
  • Notes 55
  • Chapter IV - Social System 58
  • Notes 83
  • Chapter V - Voluntary Associations 86
  • Notes 114
  • Chapter VI - The Wages of Change 116
  • Notes 134
  • Chapter VII - Effects of Urbanization 136
  • Notes 176
  • Chapter VIII - The Continuing Scene: Activism in New Mexico, 1966-1969 179
  • Notes 195
  • Chapter IX - Summary and Conclusions 197
  • Notes 213
  • Bibliography 215
  • Index 237
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