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1st MAS PAPER - Getting Settled Mexican Immigration How did...

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Getting Settled: Mexican Immigration How did Mexican Americans manage after moving to the states? How did I get to be here? Where the Mexican American people welcome most of the time? Did the culture or religion in America clash with that in Mexico? These are the questions I often find myself wondering and after having done some research, this is what I discovered. The ideas of Americanization greatly differ from Mexicans’ sense of nationalism. This is due in part to segregation, racism, nostalgia, and even the Mexican Revolution. Americans of Mexican heritage have been defined differently at various times in the United States. In the 19 th century, they were classified as white and allowed to naturalize (because of 1848 treaty). In 1930, Mexican Americans attempted to classify them separately on the census forms, giving them their own distinct identity separate from whites. However during World War II, demand for Mexican laborers increases; again classifying them as whites. Despite their “legal” status today as white, and even
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