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February 2005

Release Date: February 23, 2005

ASU History Prof Publishes 17th Book

An Angelo State University history professor recognized as one of the state's top Hispanic scholars has edited a newly published book of essays honoring another of Texas's pioneering scholars in Tejano history.

Dr. Arnoldo De León wrote the lead article in "Tejano Epic: Essays in Honor of Félix D. Almaráz, Jr.," a book published this spring by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) on Tejano history, and edited the nine other papers in a book recognizing Almaráz, a long-time history professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

De León's essay "The Writings of don Félix" explores Almaráz's influence on Texas history, particularly on the historiography of the region's mission system and early colonial history under the rule of Spain. Almaráz contributed the concluding essay on "A Historian's Craft," a heartfelt piece on the responsibilities of historians in studying, interpreting and writing history.

Between those two pieces are eight other essays covering Tejano topics, personalities and issues in a period ranging from 1790 to 1971. De León, the C.J. "Red" Davidson Professor of History at ASU, also wrote for the book a second essay "Raza of Middling Status on the Chaparral, 1880-1900." That article, based upon extensive studies of contemporary newspapers, showed that Mexican-American society under Anglo rule during that period had a dynamic middle class and "did not consist solely of an exploited proletariat."

Tejano Epic is the 17th book De León has written during his academic career at ASU. During that tenure he has been acknowledged as one of the nation's leading historians of southwestern Hispanic history.

Other essays in the volume were written by Jesús F. de la Teja, Nora Ríos McMillan, Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm, Julie Leininger Pycior, Yolanda Romero, Thomas Kreneck and Anthony Quiroz.

The 171-page TSHA book is available for $19.95 plus shipping and handling from the Order Department, Texas A&M University Press, 4354 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, 1-800-826-8911.

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