Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity by George J. Sanchez

By George J. Sanchez

Twentieth-century l. a. has been the locus of 1 of the main profound and complicated interactions among variation cultures in American heritage. but this research is likely one of the first to ascertain the connection among ethnicity and id one of the greatest immigrant team to that urban. by means of targeting Mexican immigrants to la from 1900 to 1945, George J. Sánchez explores the method wherein transitority sojourners altered their orientation to that of everlasting citizens, thereby laying the basis for a brand new Mexican-American tradition. reading not just formal courses aimed toward those beginners by means of the USA and Mexico, but additionally the realm created by means of those immigrants via family members networks, spiritual perform, musical leisure, and paintings and intake styles, Sánchez uncovers the artistic methods Mexicans tailored their tradition to lifestyles within the usa. while a proper repatriation crusade driven millions to come to Mexico, these closing in la introduced new campaigns to achieve civil rights as ethnic americans via exertions unions and New Deal politics. The immigrant new release, for that reason, laid the basis for the rising Mexican-American identification in their young children.

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The money received was often used to purchase or to retain land under the threat of dispossession. 49 While many migrants were single, fathers also left their families and ventured north. The lack of elder sons or the economic strains placed upon newlyweds often made this decision necessary. 50 Women rarely emigrated alone. 51 Older daughters were expected to stay close to home until they married, so few were seen crossing the border by themselves. Villages throughout the states of Jalisco, Michoacan, and Guanajuato had a comparatively high ratio of women to men, as husbands and brothers left for the United States or other parts of Mexico.

Traditionally, elderly men were respected for their wisdom and contribution to the community over many years. In Jalcocotan, Nayarit, Don Cleofas, the oldest person in the pueblo whom everyone called "Tata," provided the village with its history, passing down orally to the younger generations the stories of jeUcocoteamos fighting Spanish conquistadors and French soldiers. Moreover, these men were usually patriarchs of a large constellation of families living in the village and surrounding communities.

Euro-American style slacks, made readily available by the railroads for purchase throughout the region, became the preferred fashion. Significantly, beer replaced tequila as the most popular beverage in northern Mexico. American railroad workers on Mexican lines introduced baseball in urban centers throughout central and northern Mexico, while D. S. Spaulding opened sporting-goods stores in Mexico City in 1888. 13 Of course, this penetration into Mexico of Euro-American culture was uneven. Many villages remained relatively isolated, especially if they were bypassed by the railroad lines.

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