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U.S. History: Exploring Groups: How did WWII change America?: Mexican Americans

Secondary Sources on Reserve for Mexican Americans in WWII


To ensure equitable access, all reserve materials are to be used only in the library for the duration of the project. 


  1. Use the links above to identify which books you would like to borrow.
  2. Ask Library Staff at the Circulation Desk for the specific books you would like to use.
  3. We will retrieve the books from the reserve shelves and sign them out to you.
  4. When you have finished using them or at the end of class, RETURN the books to a Library Staff Member.


Click on the heading links General books and Mexican Americans for more information on each title.

General books containing information on Mexican Americans

  • An African American and Latinx history of the United States /Paul Ortiz. E184 .S75 O79 2018
  • Double victory: multicultural history of America in World War II / Ronald Takaki. D769 .T42  2 copies
  • Major problems in the history of World War II / Ed. by Mark Stoler and Melanie S. Gustafson. D743 .M246 2003 PS
  • Wartime America: the World War II home front / John W. Jeffries. D769 .J44 2018

Mexican Americans  (also known as Chicanos; the broader terms Hispanic Americans and Latinos may also be used, but be sure the source is referring to those of Mexican descent.)

  • Becoming Mexican American: ethnicity, culture and identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900 - 1945 / George J. Sanchez (an online ebook)
  • Defining Moments : The Zoot Suit Riots / Kevin Hillstrom. F869.L89 M447 2012. (Also online)  PS
  • From coveralls to zoot suits : the lives of Mexican American women on the World War II home front / Elizabeth R. Escobedo. F869.L89 M5156 2013 PS
  • Latino Americans : the 500-year legacy that shaped a nation / Ray Suarez. E184.S75 S83 2013 PS
  • Major problems in Mexican American history : documents and essays / ed. Zaragosa Vargas. E184.M5 M354 1999 PS
  • Mexican American voices : a documentary reader / ed. Steven Mintz. E184.M5 M126 2009 PS
  • Mexican Americans & World War II / ed. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. E184.M5 M513 2005
  • The zoot-suit riots : The psychology of symbolic annihilation / Mauricio Mazón. F869.L89. M56 1984 PS
  • Zoot suit riots / Roger Bruns. F869.L89 M4223 2014 PS

PS = contains primary source materials

NoodleTools Tips for Citing Books / eBooks

PLEASE NOTE: Do not copy and paste complete citations from electronic sources. NoodleTools cannot generate footnotes from copied and pasted citations.


To cite a book, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it:

  • Database = an electronic book found in a Taft Subscription Database such as ACLS Humanities E-book.
    • Choose Book.
    • You must provide the permanent URL for your source. Look for any of the following on the page: permalink, persistent link, stable link, durable link, "Get link",Cite, or Citable Link.
    • Choose the name of the database, using the pull-down menu under My library's databases.
    • Complete information about the book (author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date).
  • Website = an electronic book found on the Internet using a search engine like Google.
    • Choose Book.
    • Copy and paste the URL for the book from your browser address bar. 
    • Enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date. If there's an ISBN, search that number to get the information about the book.
  • Print or In Hand = a book in the Reserve collection behind the main desk or found upstairs in the Main collection.
    • Choose Book.
    • Using information in the book, enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date.

Note: Print and electronic books can also be cited in NoodleTools using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) . For a print book, look for the ISBN and associated barcode on the back cover or on the back side of the title page. If you don't find it, a library staff member can help. Books published before 1967 won't have an ISBN.

International Standard Book Number - Wikipedia

If you have any questions,  Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor are happy to help!