WEEK 7 ASSIGNMENT
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