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Spencer A. Stewart English 101: Section 155 Jacob Witt The Homeland, Aztlán/ El Otro Mexico The American border with Mexico has always been a controversial subject. Mexico made attempts to contest their border with Texas and their rights to that land in 1835 and continue to argue its validity today. Anzaldua shares this sentiment and writes about her beliefs that the Southwest United States rightfully belongs to the Mexican people in her essay, The Homeland, Aztlán/ El Otro Mexico . Anzaldua’s claim is hindered by her passion for the subject and it leads her to make arguments that become difficult to support without sharing her perspective of the border. Throughout her essay, Anzaldua fails to convince readers to re-evaluate their opinions of the U.S. / Mexico border. Anzaldua loses readers through her use of a one-sided fabrication of history, deceitful exclusion of pertinent facts, and use of powerful diction lacking support. Anzaldua begins her essay by reviewing some history of the colonization of the Southwest United States. She moves on to discuss the European settling of the Americas and reveals her biased voice when discussing the American migration into Texas. “In the 1800s, Anglos migrated illegally into Texas, which was then part of Mexico, in greater and greater numbers and gradually drove the tejanos (native Texans of Mexican descent) from their lands, committing all manner of atrocities against them” (Anzaldua 470). Anzaldua’s claim that Anglos migrated illegally into the Mexican state of Texas is purposefully misleading in an effort to vilify American settlers. In 1821, the same year Mexico became independent, 300 American families received a grant from Spain entitling them to 4,000 acres per family in Texas. Mexico denied the
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settlers rights to the land but eventually conceded in 1823. In the years that followed, Mexico awarded three additional land grants allowing for another 900 families to settle in Texas. Anzaldua withholds these facts to portray the American settlers in a negative light and attempts to force the reader to envision Mexico as a victim of a “white imperialist takeover” (470).
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