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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


In this paper, I used peer review and scholarly sources to highlight the root causes of the clash of these two cultures. Starting during the formative years of the U.S., one of the largest land acquisitions came from the forced signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This initial disparagement of mexican immigrants caused isolation and alienation of the Latinx community as a whole. While bringing about the end of the Mexican American War, borders were changed creating new cultural barriers and separation. Geography plays an integral role in the hindrance of growth. Primarily due to older generations, of both the Anglo and Latinx population, often force their polarizing views on the younger masses. Due to the high Mexican-American (Latinx encompasses the Latina/o, Chicana/o, Native Mexican and etc population) population density in areas surrounding the border, creating a constant source of tension since the re-dawaing of the borders. The animosity that remained after the new borders were redrawn at the conclusion of the war in 1848 have remained until the present. Though they have evolved overtime into deeply rooted cultural and social Ideals that are sustained and nurtured by each side from within and fueled by the other. These effects show to this day even with the latinx community itself because of it.

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