Essay about The Chicano Movement : El Movimiento

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The Chicano Movement, also known as El Movimiento, was one of the many movements

in the United States that set out to achieve equality for Mexican-Americans. The Chicano

Movement began in the 1940 's as a continuation of the Mexican American Civil Rights

Movement, but built up strength around the 1960’s after Mexican-American youth began to label

themselves as "Chicano" to express their culture and proudly distinguish themselves as Mexican-

American youth. For many Americans, a Chicano was used as a demeaning term to describe

Mexican- Americans, because it became identified with immigrants who are uneducated,

unskilled, and poor; however a Chicano is defined as an individual of Mexican descent who lives

in The United States. Chicanos wanted to eliminate the social barricades that interfered with their

success in The United States. To do so, they commenced a series of protests to eliminate

discrimination of all kinds against the Latin Community. Other civil rights movements during

this time period that aimed to make a difference, such as the African-American Civil Rights

Movement, inspired the Chicano Movement. Many Chicanos fought beside African Americans

during this time of activism and the crusade for justice. They incorporated a vast amount of

issues in their protests such as improvement in working conditions, wages, and land grants. They

also sought to strengthen their education, as well as their voting and political rights.

The United Farm…

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