Essay about Mexican American Of The United States

819 Words Mar 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Have you ever been stripped of your heritage and treated like a foreigner in your own homeland? Hopefully not, but if you’re a Mexican American citizen then you may have an idea of what it’s like to be treated in such a manner. For many years, what is now considered to be the Southwest United States, was owned and inhabited my Mexican citizens. These people had lived on this land for generations, many making a living raising cattle and cultivating the land. However, due to Mexico’s loss in the Mexican American War, the country was forced to give approximately half of its land to the United States. According to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the inhabitants of the newly acquired land were to become citizens of the United States, and were allowed the free enjoyment of every kind of liberty and property available to them. Despite being promised what seemed like a good life, the life of these new citizens was far from it. Due to the fact that they had originally obtained the land through Mexican and Spanish laws United States courts did not recognize their ownership of the land, and many lost their homeland. These Mexican Americans lost land, which had belonged to their families for generations, and where many of their ancestors had been left to rest in peace. Essentially, they were stripped of their birth right and were left with practically nothing. The film, Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Episode 1: Quest for a Homeland, discusses how…

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