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In Manifest Destinies, Laura E. Gomez explores the central paradox of Mexican American racial status as entailing the law's designation of Mexican Americans as white and their simultaneous social position as non-white in American society. She tells a neglected story of conflict, conquest, cooperation, and competition among Mexicans, Indians, and Euro-Americans, the regions three main populations who were the key architects and victims of the laws that dictated what ones race was and how people would be treated by the law according to ones race.
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Gomez, Laura. "Manifest Destiny's Legacy: Race in America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." (2007): 117-147. http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/law_facbookdisplay/21