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Monica W. Varsanyi
CUNY Research Foundation, John Jay College (New York, NY 10019-1007)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 6/30/2017

The Contentious Evolution of Hispanic Identity during the Chicano Movement in New Mexico, 1962-1974

Research and writing of an article and book on the relations between Latino communities in twentieth-century New Mexico.

New Mexico has the largest Hispanic population in the United States, mainly native-born Hispanos who trace their ancestry to Spanish settlers of the 1600s. And it is currently one of the most pro-immigrant states in the nation. One might assume a direct connection between demography and the state’s contemporary pro-immigrant stance, but the reality is more complicated. Hispanos have long had a fraught relationship with Mexico and more recent Mexican immigrants, making New Mexico’s current pro-immigrant stance far from assured. This project traces the evolving relationship between Hispanos and Mexican immigrants during the Chicano Movement in New Mexico between 1962 and 1974. This historical period in the state has received little scholarly attention, yet it offers an excellent window into understanding the evolution of pan-ethnic relations, given tensions between the Chicano Movement’s focus on ethnic solidarity, and strained relations between Hispanos and Mexican immigrants.