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Coyote NationSexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920$
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Pablo Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226532424

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226532523.001.0001

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Strange Bedfellows: Anglos and Hispanos in The Reproduction of Whiteness

Strange Bedfellows: Anglos and Hispanos in The Reproduction of Whiteness

(p.101) Chapter Five Strange Bedfellows: Anglos and Hispanos in The Reproduction of Whiteness
Coyote Nation
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This chapter focuses on domesticity and marriage and explore the accommodations forced upon Anglo newcomers by the economic and political strength of Hispano elites. The chapter also tracks an important shift in Anglo racializing projects, one spurred by Anglos' inability to denounce and demonize Hispano people with impunity. The chapter argues that Anglos turned to two groups as exemplars of irregular and dangerous domesticity: African Americans and prostitutes. Like Indians and Hispanos in other settings such as Indian schools, rape trials, and public ceremonies, negative depictions of the embodied actions of African Americans and prostitutes provided the backdrop against which Anglos could portray their own supposed superiority and fitness for citizenship.

Keywords:   domesticity, marriage, Hispanos, racialization, prostitutes, public ceremonies, citizenship, New Mexico

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