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Mexicanidad at Home

Mexicanidad at Home

Mariano Vallejo’s Chicano Historiography

(p.60) 2 Mexicanidad at Home
Chicano Nations
Marissa K. López
NYU Press

This chapter builds on the context of the Chicana/o literature examined here and explores the literary connection between the historian and publisher Hubert Bancroft and Mariano Vallejo, former Mexican military commander of Alta California, in late nineteenth-century San Francisco. Bancroft convinced Vallejo to contribute his own recollections to Bancroft's historical project, recollections that became Vallejo's five-volume Recuerdos Historicos y Personales Tocantea la Alta California. The two men's respective California histories unveil complex processes of national identification at work, processes that suggest new ways of thinking through both the role played by wealthy rancheros in Chicana/o literary history and the applicability of terms like “transnationalism” and “globalization” to the nineteenth century. Finding out processes of Mexican American racialization within Bancroft's and Vallejo's histories reveals how philosophies of history and economics manifest themselves in narrations of the nation.

Keywords:   Chicana/o literature, Mariano Vallejo, Hubert Bancroft, Alta California, national identification, transnationalism, globalization, Mexican American racialization

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