ETH 37B - To what extent was America the land of...

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To what extent was America the land of opportunity for people of Mexican descent in the 1880’s to early 1900’s? Be sure to analyze the impact of Industrialization & “Barrioization.”“Land of Opportunity”Although having a hard work ethic and determination to be successful, majority of native people migrated from Mexico to United States of America in hope of creating a better future for their children and society. As the industrialization era started, the need for manpower increased and it mainly targeted Mexicans because they were considered cheap labor because of the high numbered population migrated and not everyone was guaranteed a job. To Mexicans job opportunities meant as life changing, but for Americans it was a cheap source of getting higher output. Unfortunately, as the time passed people began to realize that they were being slaved and controlled by the higher authorities who didn’t want Mexicans to succeed and level the rich capitalists. Karl Marx also quotes this idea of land of opportunity as a “false consciousness”, because it was just showing people the false image of what Americans were calling equality for everyone. When it came to education, they weren’t given the equal level of knowledge. As in “The Lemon Grove Incident”, Mexicans were accounted less intelligent and because of that they were given different environment to take on their studies. In case of living standard, they were

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