The author of the book is Peter Skerry, he holds a B.A in history from Turfs University, A master degree in educational policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D from Harvard University. He is currently a professor at Boston College in Massachusetts teaching in the Political Science Department. For this book, Peter Skerry has eight other co-authors that helped but this book together, they are; Joaquin G. Avila, John A. Booth, Bruce E. Cain, Charles L. Cotrell, Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Steven P. Erie, Fernando J. Guerra, and lastly Harry P. Pachon.
The last book Peter Skerry released was Counting on the Census? Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics back in 2000.
The publisher of this book is The Tomás Rivera Center, and it was published in 1994.
The General topic of this book is Skerry book; Mexican Americans The Ambivalent Minority and also given views of California 's perspective and Texas 's perspective from the eight co-authors.
The book is organized by topics, California’s perspective, Texas’s perspective (eight co-authors)and a Response from Skerry.
The author does not have a bibliography page, nut he does site his sources at the bottom of the page where the source is being used.
The primary reason for writing this book is for Skerry to respond the critics about his book Mexicans-Americans The Ambivalent Minority.
I agree Mexican Americans are an Ambivalent Minority, the fact that there is a whole book of critics about the subject proves the point.
The Author is particularly writing about politics involving Mexican Americas.
The author Peter Skerry does not mention any other ethnic/c...
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...ts” about his book. It was very interesting to see how other people interpreted what he wrote. I was able to see and understand different perspectives.
What I least liked at about this book was that there where so many options from eight different authors that many of them were repetitive or almost the same but worded differently.
My favorite quote from the book was on page 57. “ Apart from the selection of public officeholders and the impact on the distribution of resources, exercise of the right to vote is important because it creates opportunities for the development of leadership and institutions within the Mexican American community.” This quote stood out to me because it relates to todays world, many Mexican Americans that I know say that they will vote in this up coming election, and the outcome of voting will help us create more opportunities for us.
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