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Running head: WEEK 7 ASSIGNMENT 1 Week 7 Assignment Steven Barry ETH 125 4/2/2011 Nancy Messer
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WEEK 7 ASSIGNMENT 2 Week 7 Assignment In identifying the linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familial conventions and/or statuses of four Hispanic groups living in the United States; the following four groups have been chosen, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and El Salvadorians. Each group has a rich cultural identity but has been placed in the same category, Hispanic Americans, on the basis of language. Mexican Americans language is made up of a mix of their national language Spanish and English, sometimes referred to as Spanglish. Politically Mexican Americans were very active in the Mexican American Civil Rights movement spearheaded by Mendoza, V. "…Reies López Tijerina and the land grant movement, is picked up by Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales in Denver who defines the meaning of Chicano through his epic poem I am Joaquin, embraces César Chávez and the farm workers…"(2000). The movement as defined by Mendoza, V. "The Mexican American Civil Rights Movement…" "…encompassed a broad cross section of issues-from restoration of land grants, to farm workers rights, to enhanced education, to voting and political rights…" Socially Mexican Americans seem to want what all immigrants who come to this country seeking; the American Dream. Educationally, Mexican Americans, no matter the generation rarely go past High School; according to the reading, Alba, R. "Huntington presents information that appears to show very low levels of Mexican- American educational advancement beyond high school, regardless of generation." And that; "Thus, he cites numbers reported from the National Latino Political Survey, conducted at the end of the 1980s, to show that no more than 10 percent of Mexican Americans of any generation earn a credential beyond high school and only 4 percent of the
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WEEK 7 ASSIGNMENT 3 fourth generation attains the baccalaureate; 40 percent of this generation fails to obtain the high school diploma." Throughout the immigration of Mexicans to America it seems that little progress is made for Mexican Americans to move up from immigrant status to mainstream social status. Due in part to the amount of discrimination and poor educational systems that were provided to them, Mexican Americans have not really assimilated themselves into the American mainstream culture. Economically, Mexican Americans are pushing for fair pay. This plays out most predominately in
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