Working Women into the Borderlands by Sonia Hernández (review)

Working Women into the Borderlands by Sonia Hernández (review) Southwestern Historical Quarterly January young Mexican Americans deal with bigotry and achieve success. And, although García notes that the Lanier story is unique to the time and place, it is a story with universal appeal. When Mexicans Could Play Ball has its heroes, none greater than William Carson "Nemo" Herrera, whose time at Lanier (1928­1945) defines the era. García credits Herrera with developing the school's athletic program, even though the school had success prior to and after Herrera's tenure. But Herrera's more lasting impact was that of a mentor whose strict discipline and high ideals helped many of his players "claim a college education, a winning record, and respect from Anglo players, teachers, coaches, and sport writers" (201). While the basketball story centers on "Nemo," García also explores Lanier High School's effect on its students. Discrimination is part of that story also. "Sidney Lanier both limited and lifted its students, preparing them to participate in Americanism while holding them separate from full inclusion" (4). Anglo teachers and administrators directed students into vocational classes, preparing them for the blue collar jobs that offered them the best chance of becoming part of the American success story. Few, according to García, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

Working Women into the Borderlands by Sonia Hernández (review)

Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 118 (3) – Feb 13, 2015

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Southwestern Historical Quarterly January young Mexican Americans deal with bigotry and achieve success. And, although García notes that the Lanier story is unique to the time and place, it is a story with universal appeal. When Mexicans Could Play Ball has its heroes, none greater than William Carson "Nemo" Herrera, whose time at Lanier (1928­1945) defines the era. García credits Herrera with developing the school's athletic program, even though the school had success prior to and after Herrera's tenure. But Herrera's more lasting impact was that of a mentor whose strict discipline and high ideals helped many of his players "claim a college education, a winning record, and respect from Anglo players, teachers, coaches, and sport writers" (201). While the basketball story centers on "Nemo," García also explores Lanier High School's effect on its students. Discrimination is part of that story also. "Sidney Lanier both limited and lifted its students, preparing them to participate in Americanism while holding them separate from full inclusion" (4). Anglo teachers and administrators directed students into vocational classes, preparing them for the blue collar jobs that offered them the best chance of becoming part of the American success story. Few, according to García,

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