Chicano Studies 10A - Lecture 4 101106 - Chicano Studies...

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Chicano Studies 10A Lecture 4 10/11/06 Announcements: Books are reserved at the Chicano Research Center/Library Also reserved at Powell Library QUIZ #1 : 20-30 minutes, 1 question for a paragraph response or half a page The history of Mexicans/Indians was whitewashed just the mural of Siqueiros. A Stereotype takes a certain type of behavior. (EX) When Mexican women are smiling and wearing short- cut skirts, it gives a stereotype that Mexican women are flirtatious. The Historical Reality 1. The Significance of the US- Mexican border a. Historical Precedents. These following factors contributed to the reason why Mexican Immigrants began to come to American. American Industrialization . The rise of economic opportunities. Working opportunities. Capitalism relies on the production of goods and labor. This was the magnet that drew workers to this region. Mexican modernization . Mexico is not just rural as we might idealize it to be, that is just a rural fantasy. Under Porfirio Diaz, Mexico was starting to modernized from 1876-1911. This period is known as the “Porfiriato” meaning that Mexico was under the intense modernization. The changes that he initiated in the economy made the rich richer and the poor poorer. This forced many people such as Pleasants off their land. Wages began to go down, jobs became scarce, and poverty was rising.
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