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Authored by one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America is the most definitive introduction to Chicano history. This comprehensive overview of Chicano history is passionately written and extensively researched.With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal event Authored by one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America is the most definitive introduction to Chicano history. This comprehensive overview of Chicano history is passionately written and extensively researched.With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal events in Chicano history, Occupied America illuminates the struggles and decisions that frame Chicano identity today.


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Authored by one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America is the most definitive introduction to Chicano history. This comprehensive overview of Chicano history is passionately written and extensively researched.With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal event Authored by one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America is the most definitive introduction to Chicano history. This comprehensive overview of Chicano history is passionately written and extensively researched.With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal events in Chicano history, Occupied America illuminates the struggles and decisions that frame Chicano identity today.

30 review for Occupied America: A History of Chicanos

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This book was banned in Arizona. I believe every American should read it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Classic Chicano studies bible. I have an earlier edition, so I'm not sure what changes or additions have been made since then. I had the pleasure of having Rudy (Rodolfo Acuna)as an instructor for a semester or two in college. He was wacky- a true revolutionary thinker and a real inspiration to impressionable undergrads like myself. If I recall correctly, he won a court battle against the UC Regents, who claimed his version of certain historical events in this particular book were fictional and Classic Chicano studies bible. I have an earlier edition, so I'm not sure what changes or additions have been made since then. I had the pleasure of having Rudy (Rodolfo Acuna)as an instructor for a semester or two in college. He was wacky- a true revolutionary thinker and a real inspiration to impressionable undergrads like myself. If I recall correctly, he won a court battle against the UC Regents, who claimed his version of certain historical events in this particular book were fictional and inaccurate. A must-have for history buffs and anyone else who might still have doubts that America is not "occupied."

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Once and Future King

    Well I am by far no Chicano because I believe the Idelogy is way too nationalist and Mexicocentric but this is an excellent book on how this Continent belongs to our Idegenous (Raza) people. Only 1 thing though, skip Chapter 1. Chapter 1 he talks about how Indegenous Socities were before European Imperialism and he makes many mistakes. The Author could take some classes on Idegenous Pre-European Life. The rest is good work though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    Although this book was plagued by too many errors in punctuation and grammar (someone at the publishing company was clearly asleep at the wheel!), this latest edition of Acuña's classic work is extremely timely. Furthermore, the addition of various web sites (including videos) in the footnotes section will be useful resources for me for the upcoming semester. Although this book was plagued by too many errors in punctuation and grammar (someone at the publishing company was clearly asleep at the wheel!), this latest edition of Acuña's classic work is extremely timely. Furthermore, the addition of various web sites (including videos) in the footnotes section will be useful resources for me for the upcoming semester.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zahra Pilavdzic

    I wouldn't read it on it's own but when paired with other books with emphasis on Xicano/Xicana history such as Vigil's "From Indians to Chicanos," it becomes a part of a well rounded study that dispels many myths in modern thinking. I wouldn't read it on it's own but when paired with other books with emphasis on Xicano/Xicana history such as Vigil's "From Indians to Chicanos," it becomes a part of a well rounded study that dispels many myths in modern thinking.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne Perez

    Well worth reading. This isn't an unbiased history but it's a necessary and honest one. Well worth reading. This isn't an unbiased history but it's a necessary and honest one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lara

    Largely referred to as the "Chicano Bible", any conscious activist should be well versed... Largely referred to as the "Chicano Bible", any conscious activist should be well versed...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Josefina Duran

    This is Chicano History bible. Its a good text book to teach from this book on Chicano History.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    You have to prune away the extreme leftist bias, but this book provides an excellent and detailed examination of Hispanic American history.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rusty del Norte

    Occupied America is a good book detailing the plight of Mexican-Americans in the United States. It covers a variety of topics in the first half of the book from pre-conquest to the late 19th century. In the second half of the book. it details the plight of Mexican-Americans and their seeking of equal rights as a slowly moving force. The book gives a lot of detailed information with good references. As the focus is for Mexican-Americans, other groups are generally ignored. This is by design and li Occupied America is a good book detailing the plight of Mexican-Americans in the United States. It covers a variety of topics in the first half of the book from pre-conquest to the late 19th century. In the second half of the book. it details the plight of Mexican-Americans and their seeking of equal rights as a slowly moving force. The book gives a lot of detailed information with good references. As the focus is for Mexican-Americans, other groups are generally ignored. This is by design and limits some of the topics. However, this can be the strong point as topics that are discusses, like the Mexican-American War and the social movements of the 1960s, receive more attention than a book that focused on the Euro-American perspective Overall, its a a solid read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    This book documents historical problems but fails miserably to present any solutions or lessons learned. Ultimately it presents over 400 pages of resentment. Absolutely not appropriate for immature readers. Senior collegiate level and above readers should read with keen awareness of the books' serious shortcomings. (3rd edition, 1988) This book documents historical problems but fails miserably to present any solutions or lessons learned. Ultimately it presents over 400 pages of resentment. Absolutely not appropriate for immature readers. Senior collegiate level and above readers should read with keen awareness of the books' serious shortcomings. (3rd edition, 1988)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    What did you get taught about American history? Oh Mr Columbus discovered a new world! Well this is the other portion of history. Yes it seems to be written from a biased point of view (as I was told) but facts are pretty straight forward and like all history books it was written by the narrators point of view. At least you'll get some understanding of the history you never heard. What did you get taught about American history? Oh Mr Columbus discovered a new world! Well this is the other portion of history. Yes it seems to be written from a biased point of view (as I was told) but facts are pretty straight forward and like all history books it was written by the narrators point of view. At least you'll get some understanding of the history you never heard.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Fitzpatrick

    Literally just finished for my graduate class on "the West" in American History. This is a great book that shows the history of the Chicano identity and culture over the hegemonic narrative of Anglo culture. The book is somewhat textbook framed, meaning each chapter has sections with a review section. However, this made the book oddly fluidic and gave it a flow. I would recommend the book. Literally just finished for my graduate class on "the West" in American History. This is a great book that shows the history of the Chicano identity and culture over the hegemonic narrative of Anglo culture. The book is somewhat textbook framed, meaning each chapter has sections with a review section. However, this made the book oddly fluidic and gave it a flow. I would recommend the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Petra Gallegos

    Sadly the truth is never told in K-12 history classes. Some parts of this country's history has always been censored/whitewashed. Acuna does a remarkable job at informing to reader on what they don't learn. Sadly the truth is never told in K-12 history classes. Some parts of this country's history has always been censored/whitewashed. Acuna does a remarkable job at informing to reader on what they don't learn.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yngacio

    This was a great book. I really liked the ideas that it brought up and despite that I needed this book for class, this was a very informative book and I really liked how the information was presented. Really good for source information

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    It has been an honor to know Rudy Acuña. He is a very knowledgeable professor. Even though I'm one of his favorite students, his little girl, as he says, I really do not like the format of the book. However, Rudy is very well versed and read. It has been an honor to know Rudy Acuña. He is a very knowledgeable professor. Even though I'm one of his favorite students, his little girl, as he says, I really do not like the format of the book. However, Rudy is very well versed and read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    An excellent historical look at America's ugly xenophobic history. An excellent historical look at America's ugly xenophobic history.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna Garcia

    should be listed under fiction. his sources are questionable at best.... political correct gone south. It is embarrassing that he teaches at my alma mater.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    This book is a true eye opener for latinos who are trying to learn about their culture

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Interesting but dry. Took a bit to get through it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kurami Rocket

    This book was required reading for my Mexican American studies class. Now, I did not get to read the full book, but from what I read this is a very detailed account of the history of Mexican Americans in the United States, specifically about how the Americans and the U.S. has and continues to oppress and how racist and discriminatory attitudes towards Mexicans and Mexican Americans. It's a very important book as it shows a long history of injustice since the inception of America. For all the U.S This book was required reading for my Mexican American studies class. Now, I did not get to read the full book, but from what I read this is a very detailed account of the history of Mexican Americans in the United States, specifically about how the Americans and the U.S. has and continues to oppress and how racist and discriminatory attitudes towards Mexicans and Mexican Americans. It's a very important book as it shows a long history of injustice since the inception of America. For all the U.S. claims to be a land of equality, freedom, and prosperity, this narrative has always been false and only applies to White European and American people. Anyone else like Mexican Americans are seen as less and treated like savages, dirty, criminals, illegals and only used as cheap commodity and scapegoats when it serves the country's purprose. Will definitely read the whole book in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Esperanza Gomez

    This is the textbook for my Chicano studies class. Overall an okay text, but I wish I would've bought the hard copy. The Kindle version does not support highlights nor notes. The text is one size (small) and does not zoom. The book is also not supported on any of the Kindle apps I use (Android and Windows 8.1 on my Surface). If you're thinking about purchasing, save yourself the headache and buy the hard copy. This is the textbook for my Chicano studies class. Overall an okay text, but I wish I would've bought the hard copy. The Kindle version does not support highlights nor notes. The text is one size (small) and does not zoom. The book is also not supported on any of the Kindle apps I use (Android and Windows 8.1 on my Surface). If you're thinking about purchasing, save yourself the headache and buy the hard copy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Guillermo Ortiz

    This was a great book. I really liked the ideas that it brought up and despite that I needed this book for class, this was a very informative book and I really liked how the information was presented. Really good for source information.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nacio

    A must read for all curious about the adverse effects of American “Manifest Destiny” as it applies to Latinos. Acuna deftly places this at the feet of the reader with well researched and thought out. This is not going to be taught in the US school system, at least not yet.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ben P

    This one was a good read. It has loads of untaught Latino/a history. Digs deep and hard.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen Martinez

  27. 4 out of 5

    Raphael Aquino

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nance_d

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Raymond

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