Mexican American Essays

  • Mexican Americans

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    advocated the suspension of immigration and the deportation of non-Americans (Wisconsin Historical Society). Mexican American history was shaped by several bills in Congress and efforts to deport all non-Americans from the United States. The United States was home to several Spanish-origin groups, prior to the Declaration of Independence. The term “Mexican American” was a label used to describe a number of Hispanic American groups that were diverse and distinct from each other (Healey). Between

  • Mexican Women And Mexican American Women

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    large numbers of Mexican women and men joined the workforce, unions, and other organizations (Page 212). The workplace allowed Mexican women to socialize with one another and they finally for the first time experience what it is like to be independent without relying on any man. “By 1930, some 25 percent of Mexican (and Mexican American) women were in some kind of industrial employment” (Acuna 215). However, Mexican Americans were paid less than a white American, especially Mexican women. In order

  • Mexican-American Stereotypes

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    The animosity between Mexicans and Americans had an extensive history, based on various stereotypes and a lack of cultural understanding. Americans in the Southwest believed that Mexicans were, “lazy, shiftless, jealous, cowardly, bigoted, superstitious, backward, and immoral.” The Mexicans, however, thought Americans were “arrogant, overbearing, aggressive, conniving, rude, unreliable, and dishonest.” Tensions peaked during the 1846-1848 Mexican-American War, in which the United States rapidly

  • Mexican American Culture

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    and sacrifice. If it weren’t for Mexican immigrants the Mexican Americans, who were behind some of the major social movements of the 20th century, would not have been able to accomplish all that they did. Mexican American culture and politics was shaped by the three waves of migration after and during World War I, World War II, and the Cold War which created new identities, social movements, and migration laws. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 forced many Mexican families and individuals to move north

  • Mexican American Equality Essay

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    Ben Miller Political Science 212 Section 2 On the Struggle For Mexican American Equality After the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) roughly 77,000 Mexican people became citizens of the United States. Since then many of these citizens and later immigrants have been treated as unequal persons or worse. In the early part of the 20th century Mexican Americans faced injustices such as segregation, inequalities in employment, housing, education, and even frequent hangings. Further, they were not allowed

  • Essay On Mexican American Experience

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    The Hispanic American Experience and the Civil Rights Latino/Hispanic-American discrimination largely started in 1848, when the United States won the Mexican-American War. A treaty was formed called the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which marked the end of the war. This treaty granted 55% of Mexican territory to the United States. This treaty also offered citizenship to the United States. For those Hispanics who choose citizenship to the United States, they came with high hopes of finding a better

  • Mexican American Immigration Struggles

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    Mexicans as being close neighbors to the United States often felt drawn to what the U.S could provide that Mexico could not. The United States became an enticing prospect as labor opportunities arose in great numbers.  Mexicans often migrated to the United States in 5 particular wave.  The first wave being The Enganche wave, 1900-1929, that had great labor recruitment

  • Mexican American History Essay

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    treatment of Mexicans and Mexican Americans has occurred in the United States. Over the years, people like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Emma Tenayuca have fought to improve civil rights and better treatment for farm workers. The textbook that I have been reading during the semester for my Chicano History class, Crucible of Struggle: A history of Mexican Americans from Colonial times to the Present Era, discusses some of the most important issues in history that Mexicans and Mexicans Americans have

  • Mexican American Dual Culture

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    two distinct social settings. At home my Mexican parents taught me about our Mexican culture. However, outside of the protection my home granted I was bombarded with the reality that I am on American soil and my citizenship declares me being faithful to this country. I struggled in defining myself because I felt I was part of two completely different worlds. An internal mental divide soon grew rapidly caused by my ancestral roots and holding an “American” citizenship. As a child, my parents constantly

  • The Mexican-American War

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    The Mexican-American war determined the destiny of the United States of America, it determined whether or not it would become a world power and it established the size of the United States of America. Perhaps the war was inevitable due to the idea of Manifest Destiny - Americans thought they had the divine right to extend their territory. The Mexican-American War started mainly because of the annexation of the Republic of Texas (established in 1836 after breaking away from Mexico). The United States

  • The Mexican-American War

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    retaliated in April and killed 630 Mexican soldiers and took General Santa Anna prisoner (Tindall & Shi, 2010). This was the start of the independence of Texas and the quest for annexation into the United States, which ultimately led to the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. This paper will briefly explain the reasons for the Mexican-American War and will describe the outcome of the war. The Reasons Numerous reasons can be cited for the Mexican-American War. The Americans who were living in Texas wanted

  • Mexican: A Derogatory Term in American Perception

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    Since the past hundred years, the word “Mexican” has been derogatory not only for immigrants, but for everyone whose race is not white. The image of Mexicans as thief and uncivilized people became part of the public beliefs in California. The debate between Mexicans and Americans is present today, putting in risk the economy and social rights from America. Racism has been part of human culture since a group of Anglo-Saxon began to spread their worldview and beliefs in the 1848´s. Death and hostility

  • Mexican American War

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    influenced the outcome of the Mexican-American War. After the colonization law of 1824, Mexico City had paid little attention to its northern provinces, finding plenty of issues much closer to central Mexico to stir their political passions and command their full attention. A series of events in Texas, however, soon converted the state into nothing less than a national obsession, and that obsession goes far toward explaining the course and failure of the Mexican-American War. Mexico from the outset

  • Becoming Mexican-American Chapter Summary

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    Becoming Mexican- American has been such a great book so far! I truly favored how Sanchez focused on factors that contributed to the migration of so many across the border north to the United States during the first many years of the twentieth century. During that time, immigrants experienced groups of people trying to Americanize and Mexicanize them and their people. This is a fascinating topic, and Sanchez pulls it off really well. It makes it better because Sanchez is Mexican-American himself,

  • The History of Mexican Americans

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    In the Preface of Major Problems in Mexican American History Zaragosa Vargas writes, "Nearly two thirds of Latinos in the United States are of Mexican descent, or Chicanos- a term of self definition that emerged during the 1960's and early 1970s civil rights movement. Chicanos reside mainly in the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and the Midwest. Their history begins in the precolonial Spanish era, and they share a rich mestizo cultural heritage of Spanish, Indian, and African origins. The Chicanos'

  • The Struggles of Mexicans in Mexican-American History

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    The Struggles of Mexicans in Mexican-American History Mexico’s problems originally began upon the arrival of the Spanish in 1492, as illustrated in Major Problems in Mexican American History by Zaragosa Vargas as well as in the video documentary, Chicano!. The sequence of events which date back to the precolonial Spanish days and take place in Mexico’s history eventually provoke the national movement that called for social justice and equality, especially after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe

  • Cultural Issues In Mexican American Culture

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    Mexican-American Culture Mexico underwent a number of challenges during the second half of the 20th century. Some of them were related to politics and economics, but the others were directly linked with the social and cultural problems. These problems had many causes, such as religion, defensive attitude of some people toward the neighbor American culture and contradictions that the younger inhabitants of the country could not overlook. It caused still more problems on the personal level and on

  • Migration Policies: Mexican-American Immigrants

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    white superior race in America. These interests reflect on the change of US citizenship of Mexican, Philippine and Slovenian immigrants as they progressively entered the US. George Martinez creates an interesting point in his article by referring to judges as Anglo judges due to the fact that white supremacy has been built on Anglo-saxon belief of white race purity and dominance. When it was necessary “Mexicans were co-whites [to suit] the dominant group - and protect Anglo privilege

  • The Mexican-American War

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    The Mexican-American War. The Mexican-American war was a process of years of battles between the Mexicans and Americans but I think after this informational paper, you’ll seem to know a little bit more knowledge about it. How it all started, well in the beginning, the Americans and Mexicans both wanted to control Texas, but at the time it was a part of the Mexican territory, well soon enough Americans wanted control over it so badly that they started to travel into Texas’s land. Part of the reason

  • The Affect of Caesar Chavez on Mexican American Culture

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    The Affect of Caesar Chavez on Mexican American Culture Mexican Americans have been in this country longer than many groups of people. Although, they have been here longer, whites took thier land from them. Along with taking their land from them, they took all the pride that the Mexicans Americans had. It seemed that way until they started fighting for their rights in the early nineteen hundreds. Treaties were made that gave land rights to them and speeches were made by political leaders deeming