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iopasdfghjklzxcvbnmrtyuiopasdfghjklzxcvb HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY Venessa Cook ETH125 8/14/2011 MR. STEPHEN JONES
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In this paper I will briefly summarize the linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familial status of Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Dominicans, and Cubans.   In this paper we will take a look at a few of these groups and consider some of their differences and similarities. The 2010 census counted 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States, making up 16.3% of the total population. In 2000 it was 35.3 million, so it grew 46.3% over the decade. (pewhispanic.com) The first and largest group I will talk about are the Mexican Americans. Mexican American Mexican Americans are bilingual and speak Spanish and English, but their primary language is Spanish. Hispanics who are born in the United States or have lived in the United States for 10 years speak English well; English is the dominant language by the second generation; and by the third generation monolinguals is common. The apparent predominance of Spanish use by Hispanics is due to recent immigration. Mexican Americans do not have many entrepreneurships or a wide-spread ethnic economy like the Cuban Americans established in Miami. Throughout the history of immigration to America, Mexicans seem to have made little progress in moving up from immigrant status to mainstream social status, partly due to the amount of discrimination and the poor educational systems provided to them. (encyclopedia.com) As the largest "subculture" within the Hispanic header, Mexican-Americans "comprise almost two-thirds of Hispanic Americans," statistics show Within these numbers are found people of all skill types and education levels, giving Mexican-Americans, like other Hispanic groups, the ability to locate employment within any area of expertise, even in local, state and federal government position. (Wiki.com)
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