This paper reviews and analyzes the novel "Becoming Mexican-American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945" written by historian George J. Sanchez.
# 65569 | 1,540 words | 1 source | APA | 2006 |
Published on May 13, 2006 in Ethnic Studies (Conflict) , Literature (American) , History (U.S. The 1930's - Great Depression) , History (Latin America)
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This paper examines the events that shaped and cultivated the Mexican-American community in the United States. Author George J. Sanchez claims that in the early 20th century Mexican-Americans had created a distinct ethnic identity of their own while dealing with increasing discrimination which peaked in the 1930s. This paper gives a detailed historical background of the events that took place, including the efforts by community leaders to unionize farm workers and the growing dissatisfaction among Mexican-Americans that gave rise to political protests.
From the Paper:"The experience of Mexican-Americans in the United States is both strikingly similar, yet deeply different from other minority groups - immigrant or otherwise. Reviled and mistreated much like the Irish-American newcomers of the 19th century, Mexican-Americans - also like the Irish - soon made themselves indispensable in the first half of the 20th century, if only as cheap labor. Later, and especially in the last decade, they have by sheer force of numbers, political savvy and deeply-felt pride begun (as the Irish also once did) to make themselves a necessity in far more numerous ways to business, government, popular culture and the arts."
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