Before the Mexican-American war, in 1776 America was at the brink of sovereignty from Britain, and Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and in it the principles that would come to define American sovereignty: “all persons are born with natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Jefferson). However, several decades later, Anglo-Americans began to strip Mexicans of rights, expressed through the Declaration of Independence, with legislation that restricted their right to liberty, political power, and consequent...
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...74). In 1903, “Mexican members of the United Mine Workers won strike demands for a pay increase and an eight-hour work day from the Texas and Pacific Coal Company” (174). Within the same year, a Japanese-Mexican Labor Association was founded in Oxnard, California and won a “piecework rate of five dollars per acre for thinning beets” from the farmers (174). Such events are the actual personification of the Declaration of Independence. Here was a group of people, practicing the principles of liberty and justice as espoused in the Declaration of Independence. The success of these strikes represented hope of equality for all at a time when American progress seemed dependent on the subjugation of non-whites. Furthermore, the alliance between the Japanese and the Mexicans foreshadowed what America would become-a country pushed forward by the coalition of cultures.
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