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Hispanic Capitalism and the Mexican Imprint on U.S. History

A talk by John Tutino, Professor of History, Georgetown University

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library & Archive
Haines Hall 144

The talk will synthesize key conclusions of Tutino’s recently published study of the origins of capitalism in New Spain (Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America, Duke 2011), and open for discussion perspectives developed in his forthcoming edited volume on the legacies within the United States of economic, social, and cultural ways rooted in regions now Mexico (Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States, due out in May 2012 in the Mexican-American series of the University of Texas Press). Large-scale capitalism grounded in mining, irrigated agriculture, and vast grazing estates long shaped the U.S. West. Anglo patriarchs claimed power by means fair and fowl (often by marrying Mexican heiresses), while Mexican (and indigenous) residents, immigrants, and migrants remained key producers. Patriarchy persisted: Yankees long claimed to be superior patriarchs and then recently turned to condemning Mexicans as too patriarchal, too macho. Ethnic amalgamations continue, offering an alternative to the racial polarities promoted by Anglo-America. All this and more can only be understood by exploring the legacies of Hispanic capitalism in the United States.

John Tutino received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is associate professor in the History Department at Georgetown University and specializes in the History of Mexico in the context of the Americas and the Atlantic World. Tutino’s work aims to understand the histories of popular communities as they have faced colonial, national, and transnational powers. In the process, he continues to search for ways to integrate studies of the environment, production, state powers, social and gender relations, and cultural constructions.

Cost : Free and open to the public

Rubén Hernández-León

Download file: Hispanic-Capitalism-jj-yoh.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center

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