By Doris Meyer
While New Mexico turned a territory of the U.S. in 1848, the Hispanic inhabitants confronted an inflow of Anglo-American immigrants. The neomexicanos, citizens of a few of the oldest Hispanic groups within the usa, discovered their lifeways disdained, their communal estate threatened, and their very life as americans referred to as into query by means of competitive invaders. They speedy begun efforts to guard their language and tradition opposed to enforced assimilation. one of many significant retailers for this resistance was once the Spanish-language newspaper. right here poetry, oratory, letters, fiction, and essays helped bridge the space among the principally oral cultural expression of the sector and the print-oriented tradition of the Anglos. Meyer's pioneering archival study examines those newspapers and their writers. The paintings of Jos? Escobar, Felipe Maximiliano Chac?n, Luis Tafoya, and Benjamin M. learn, in addition to that of much less popular and nameless writers, monitors the variety and complexity of this literature and its function within the development of a different cultural id.
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