Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds

Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America

By Gregory Rodriguez
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375713200, 317pp.)

Publication Date: October 14, 2008

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An unprecedented account of the long-term cultural and political influences that Mexican-Americans will have on the collective character of our nation.In considering the largest immigrant group in American history, Gregory Rodriguez examines the complexities of its heritage and of the racial and cultural synthesis--"mestizaje"--that has defined the Mexican people since the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. He persuasively argues that the rapidly expanding Mexican American integration into the mainstream is changing not only how Americans think about race but also how we envision our nation. Brilliantly reasoned, highly thought provoking, and as historically sound as it is anecdotally rich, "Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds" is a major contribution to the discussion of the cultural and political future of the United States.



About the Author
Gregory Rodriguez is director of the California Fellows Program and an Irvine Senior Fellows at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute. He is also an op-ed columnist for the "Los Angeles Times." He lives in Los Angeles.

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