How race is made in America : immigration, citizenship, and by Natalia Molina

By Natalia Molina

"How Race Is Made in the USA examines Mexican Americans--from 1924, while American legislations greatly decreased immigration into the U.S., to 1965, while many quotas have been abolished--to know the way wide subject matters of race and citizenship are built. those years formed the emergence of what Natalia Molina describes as an immigration regime, which outlined the racial different types that proceed to influence  Read more...

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Goethe relied on past racial scripts once directed at Mexicans in the midnineteenth century to racialize a new generation of Mexican immigrants. He appropriated and recycled familiar Manifest Destiny claims to assert that Mexicans were biologically inferior due to their indigenous heritage. Unlike those who were in favor of Mexican immigration for their labor and had depicted Mexicans as “birds of passage,” Goethe depicted Mexicans as a miscegenation threat, a cultural representation that was untried in relation to Mexicans and not commonly circulated until the post-1924 period.

Their second-generation numbers eclipsed those of the immigrant generation. When Mexican American World War II soldiers returned home, they, like their African American counterparts, demanded democracy and equality. They waged and won civil rights battles, such as in the precedentsetting Mendez v. Westminster school desegregation case. Despite these affirmative steps that narratives of assimilation would have us believe would entrench groups into mainstream American society, Mexican Americans continued to be seen as outsiders.

The archives contain the letters, depositions, and petitions of immigrants that, in effect, allow us to hear their voices. S. immigration policy within a globalist framework. Thus these archives are key in showing how racial formation happens through structural forces, such as immigration laws and INS policies, but also through immigrants’ lived experiences in their work, neighborhoods, schools, and organizations. C. archives or I knew I could delve deeper. S. Congress, in order to understand the rationale undergirding both the passage and the failure of immigration laws.

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