Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 18.80-1920

Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 18.80-1920

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Author(s): Pablo Mitchell

With the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in the s came the emergence of a modern and profoundly multicultural New Mexico. Native Americans, working-class Mexicans, elite Hispanos, and black and whitenbsp;newcomers all commingled and interactednbsp;in the territory in ways that had not been previously possible. But what did itnbsp;mean to be white in thisnbsp;multiethnic milieu? And how did ideas of sexuality and racial supremacy shape ideas of citizenry andnbsp;determine who would govern the region?Coyote Nation considers these questions as it explores how New Mexicans evaluated and categorized racial identities through bodily practices. Wherenbsp;ethnic groups were numerous and# and in the wake of miscegenation# and often difficult to discern, the ways one dressed, bathed, spoke, gestured, or even stood were largely instrumental innbsp;conveying one's race. Even such practices as cutting one's hair, shopping, drinking alcohol,nbsp;or embalming a deceased loved one couldnbsp;inextricably linknbsp;a personnbsp;to a very specific racial identity.A fascinating history of an extraordinarily plural and polyglot region, Coyote Nation will be of value to historians of race and ethnicity in American culture.

Collection: HBJK-History of the Americas,

ISBN: 9780226532431

Paperback / softback

224 pages


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