The selections in The Chicana/o in the U.S. Political System provide the reader with a broad framework to trace the early Meso-American societies, the history and political evolution of Mexico, and the historical interactions of Mexico and the United States. The text emphasize the cultural and historical roots of the pre-Columbian times through the Spanish conquest, and examines the subsequent cultural and racial mix, and it highlights important contributions of the Mexican American people in the United States.
John E. Valdez teaches Chicano Studies at Palomar College. A member of the Oxford Round Table, Professor Valdez has presented on topics of multiculturalism in America, American foreign policy, the oral history of the Mexican-American community from the Mexican Revolution to World War II in Lemon Grove, California, and the life of Cesar Chavez as well as his struggle for social justice.