Review of Acuna's Work on Occupied America Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Review of Acuna's Work on Occupied America
A chapter-by-chapter review of the content and main points of the book, "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos," written by Rodolfo Acuna.
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This paper presents an in-depth, chapter-by-chapter review of Rodolfo Acuna's work, "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos," in which the author explores the people and civilizations that once occupied the land that is now Mexico and the southwestern United States. The paper discusses the content of each chapter and presents a summary of its main points.

Table of Contents:
CHAPTER 1: Not Just Pyramids, Explorers, and Heroes
CHAPTER 2: Legacy of Hate: The Conquest of Mexico's Northwest
CHAPTER 3: Remember the Alamo: The Colonization of Texas
CHAPTER 4: Freedom in a Cage: The Colonization of New Mexico
CHAPTER 5: Sonora Invaded: The Occupancy of Arizona
CHAPTER 6: California Lost: America for Euroamericans
CHAPTER 7: The Building of the Southwest: Mexican Labor 1900-30
CHAPTER 8: The Roaring Twenties: The Americanization of the Mexicano
CHAPTER 9: Mexican American Communities in the Making: The Depression Years
CHAPTER 10: World War II: The Betrayal of Promises Made
CHAPTER 11: "Happy Days": Chicano Americans under Siege
CHAPTER 12: Goodbye America: The Chicanos in the 1960s

From the Paper:

"The final two main points of the chapter focus on the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, and the formation of a Chicano identity. The Delano strike started in California as a demand for equal pay from farmers for equal work. This strike eventually led to the formation of the United Farm Workers of America, and lead to Cesar Chavez, the leader of the strike, becoming somewhat of a folk hero to not only Mexican-Americans, but minorities and the working class in general. The second point of the chapter is to outline the Chicano identity movement, which was an attempt to reclaim the Mexican heritage that had been lost by the majority of the Chicano community through the efforts by the American government to assimilate Mexican-Americans. The chapter ends with the idea that the Chicano movement was an attempt to balance Mexican heritage with American citizenship."

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