Life on the South Texas Ranchos
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Tejano Empire by Andres Tijerina
Book DescriptionTexans of Mexican descent built a unique and highly developed ranching culture that thrived in South Texas until the 1880s. In ""Tejano Empire"", historian Andres Tijerina describes the major elements that gave the Tejano ranch community its identity: shared reaction to Anglo-American in-migration, tightly interconnected families, cultural loyalty, networks of communication, Catholic religion, and a material culture well adapted to the conditions of the region. After the introduction's historical overview of the region, the chapters address specific elements of the lives people led in the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas: work ways and tools, housing and ranch layouts, family networks and authority patterns, education and the arts, religion and daily prayer.A gallery of energetic line drawings by the late Ricardo M. Beasley and graceful pen-and-ink detail drawings by Servando G. Hinojosa of Alice, Texas, commissioned especially for this book, intricately portray scenes from South Texas daily life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781603440516
(254mm x 178mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Texas A & M University Press
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Andres Tijerina
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In 1935, Elena Zamora O'Shea told the story of the open country of South Texas from the perspective of an ancient mesquite tree. She covers the area's political and ethnographic history, with details of daily life such as songs, plants and folk medicines, food and recipes, and ranch vocabulary.
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Author Biography - Andres Tijerina
ANDRES TIJERINA is an associate professor of history at Austin Community College. He is author of the prize-winning Tejanos and Texas under the Mexican Flag, also published by Texas A&M University Press.
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