Tejano Religion and Ethnicity: San Antonio, 1821-1860

Matovina, Timothy M. Tejano Religion and Ethnicity: San Antonio, 1821-1860. Austin, University of Texas Press, 1995.

Timothy M. Matovina examines the links between religion and ethnicity during three periods in the San Antonio's history: the Mexican period, the era of the Texas Republic, and the fifteen years immediately following the annexation of Texas by the United States. He draws extensively upon archival sources such as memoirs, diaries, newspaper articles, and government records. Additionally, he analyzes "collective behavior" in the form of demographic trends, religious events and practices, and political behavior. Matovina demonstrates that his research clearly contradicts the assumption that Catholic parishes always served to assimilate their members into mainstream American culture and concludes that the experience of Latino Catholics in the United States differs from that of European immigrants in many significant respects.