"In all, he has taken a relatively narrow subject and produced a solid, concise piece of scholarship. This is a welcome addition to the growing number of monographs on Mexicans in the United States."

-Professor Mario T. Garcia, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Balderrama has carefully mined a variety of sources to write his history:oral interviews with the consuls and their associates, archival documents, court cases, newspapers and government publications. The result is a carefully researched and gracefully written book. In Defense of La Raza provides us with new sources of information on the Mexican community in the United States during the depression years."

-Professor Richard Griswold del Castillo, Department of Mexican American Studies
San Diego State University

"All of these themes are interwoven very nicely, with Balderrama's work being the first to focus directly on consular behavior as a central historical theme. The book is recommended to serious students of Mexican American history as well as to individuals interested in the history of binational and international relations."

-Professor W. Dirk Raat, Department of History, State University of New York College at Fredonia Fredonia, New York

"Francisco Balderrama has written a restrained, straightforward, readable, and informative examination of the activities of Los Angeles Mexican Consular officials during the critical turbulent years from 1929 to 1936."

-Professor Carlos Cortes, Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside

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