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Week 7 Assignment - Hispanic American Diversity ETH125

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Hispanic American Diversity 1 Hispanic American Diversity Yvonne M. Spinks September 19, 2010 ETH 125 Lyron Baggerly
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Hispanic American Diversity 2 Hispanic Americans play a big role in the United States history and its society. Hispanic Americans; with a specific focus on Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Cuban Americans, and Columbian Americans; are considered to be the fastest growing Latino American population in the United States. This paper discusses similarities and differences in Hispanic life aspects which include political, linguistic, social, economic, religious, and familial principles, as well as the contribution to affluent variety of the United States culture. The largest Hispanic immigration group is made up of Mexican Americans. The majority of them use Spanish as their primary language. According to Schaefer (2006), “As of 2002, about 23 percent of Mexican American's are English dominant, 26 percent are bilingual, and 51 percent are Spanish dominant” (p. 241). Many people do not realize there is a difference between Mexican Americans and Mexican Immigrants. Someone who is born in America or is a legal American citizen would be considered a Mexican American. A person who is a native of Mexico and has not yet achieved American citizenship would be considered a Mexican Immigrant. There is a wide variety of dialects among Mexican Americans based on where they originated from. Even though Mexico's language is Spanish, it varies from region to region. The political civil rights movement in the United States is an important issue among the Mexican American population. The issues they are most active in include voting rights and workers rights. Social status for Mexican Americans is extremely poor due to lack of education. This leads to the
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