Raúl A. Ramos is assistant professor of history at the
The volume works the idea of what happened to the identity of the elite Tejano class. Two other books come to mind for their similar intellectual texture, Walter Webb's
Ramos' Beyond the Alamo first prods into the nature of the elite class of San Antonio Tejanos' identity among themselves and related to the indigenous peoples before the Anglo entrada. Then he narrates a more traditional history of those elite Bexareño families during the 1820's – 1850's bearing the identity proposition in mind on the threshold of and after the startling growth of the Anglo-American population.
Maybe the main spectrum Ramos uses is his continuing inspection of "relationships" between the families' members and also with the Anglo elites. Ramos goes further in exposing why the Bexareño elite were so adept in cultural brokerage with the Anglo elites; in several points he notes the strict class structures of the Anglo Southern society and the Mexican mestizaje society.
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