Mexicans And Mexican Americans During World War II Essays

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During World War II, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were extremely discriminated against in America. Though they worked in the United States of America, and many even served our country in the military, society refused to accept them as equals. The same type of discrimination seems to have existed against a great number of different races in America’s history. Regardless of how much good one does for a country, any form of difference tends to override it. Rather than focus on the successes of the different races, America often just focused on the fact that they were different and, consequently, treated them as inferiors.
According to these two reading, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans faced a great deal of prejudice during World War II. The government allowed as many as 4.5 million Mexicans into the U.S. to prevent a labor shortage under the Bracero Program. There were, however, many Mexican-Americans that already resided in the United States before this program. The Bracero Agreement article states, “Mexicans had long been in America having lived in the southwest and west when that territory belonged to Mexico” (1). Regardless of how they got here, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were highly discriminated against during World War II. According to the editorial by LULAC, “These so-called ‘Mexicans’ are considered unworthy of equality, regardless of birthright or service” (602). The article goes on to discuss just how ironic it is that they were faced with these inequalities…

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