Essay on Native Americans And Mexican Americans

836 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
During Montana history ethnic diversity has played an important role in our society specifically the arrival of Mexican-Americans between the 1920s through the 1990s. The Mexican-Americans became an integral part of the working class community of the Yellowstone Valley. Similarly to other ethnic groups Mexican-Americans had trouble becoming part of the larger society while also preserving their cultural traditions. During the early twentieth century sugar beets were the most profitable crop of the Yellowstone Valley. Sugar beets unlike grains and livestock required more labor than a single family could provide. Thus, many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans provided this essential labor. Yet, their contribution to this time in history is often overlooked. As seasonal workers of the Yellowstone Valley Mexicans created there very own ethnic community which has persevered through years of economic hardship, discrimination, cultural, and social change. During the 1920s an increase in Mexico’s population and the booming United States economy caused millions of Mexican residents to seek work across the border. By 1930 over one thousand Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were living in the Yellowstone Valley. Because sugar beet production required low cost labor, which the small Montanan population could not supply, sugar companies recruited laborers including a majority of Mexicans. They chose Mexicans because they were willing to complete labor for a relatively small amount of money.…

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