Manifest destinies the making of the mexican american race is a book by laura e gomez professor of law and american studies at the university of new mexico. Manifest destinies tells the story of the original mexican americans the people living in northern mexico in 1846 during the onset of the mexican american war. Manifest destinies fills a gap in american racial history by linking westward expansion to slavery and the civil war in so doing laura e gomez demonstrates how white supremacy structured a racial hierarchy in which mexican americans were situated relative to native americans and african americans alike. Using the territory that is now new mexico as a case study manifest destinies traces the origins of mexican americans as a racial group in the united states paying particular attention to shifting meanings of race and law in the nineteenth century. This book reframes manifest destiny as part of american colonization which sadly few people actually perceive as colonialism in that sense this is a crucial intervention to popular american history
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