Greasers and Gringos

The Historical Roots of Anglo-Hispanic Prejudice


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About the Book

From early in their history, England and Spain were among the most competitive of European nations. Both were formed from migrant minorities, conquerors who merged with the native population and established culture only to become, in turn, the conquered. As England and Spain evolved into monarchies, their ambition and their enmity increased. The New World provided a new arena for their competition. Soon their mutual enmity spread from Florida to California—spawning a conflict whose repercussions are still felt throughout North America.
Concentrating on the colonization of the Americas and the subsequent cultural development, this volume examines how the historically tense relationship between Spain and England affects North American society today. The politics of conquest and the concept of nativism (which interprets cultures as “races”) are discussed. The behavioral and ethical manifestations of prejudice are examined with specific emphasis on how they apply to today’s political landscape.

About the Author(s)

Jerome R. Adams is a freelance journalist living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Jerome R. Adams
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 243
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2641-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0640-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Borderline Definitions      1

Introduction: Of “migratory invasions”      3

1. Early Spain      9

2. The Goths      17

3. The Moors, 711–1492      24

4. Early England      31

5. The Normans      40

6. On the Edge of the New World      49

7. England’s Leading Edge      56

8. 1607–1795      61

9. African Slaves, American Revolutionaries      69

10. Louisiana, 1803      78

11. Florida, in Three Wars      85

12. Spanish Texas, 1528–1821      95

13. Mexico’s Difficult Birthing      102

14. Texans Form a Republic      109

15. The Politics of Conquest      117

16. New Mexico      123

17. California      127

18. The Mexican War      135

19. The War’s Aftermath      144

20. The Newest Americans      150

21. Inventing “race”      159

22. American Nativists      164

23. Of Two Minds: Anglo and Hispanic Cultures      169

24. Making Prejudice More Acceptable      176

25. César Chávez, La Causa, the U.S. Census      180

26. Invisible Immigrants      188

27. Cultural Conflict      195

28. Hispanic Americans and Politics      201

29. Conclusions      207

Chapter Notes      213

Bibliography      221

Index      229