Becoming Mexican American
The United States seemed distant to families living in the Union, Sabinas, and Agujita farming communities of northern Coahuila during the early 1900s. Those looking to start a new life in the United States must travel the 80 miles to Eagle Pass, Texas.
There are no cars in the surrounding Mexican community and the railroads have yet to reach rural areas. Coming to the United States meant walking or riding the entire distance in a horse-drawn carriage. Prior to the Mexican Revolution, most small farmers from Bébi úr: Családi ügy (2021) teljes film this community considered this an overly dramatic move.
Mexicans come to the United States because a deep “drive” force dominates their daily lives. The “push” factor in the early 20th century was the result of civil unrest, war, and political repression in Mexico. A long and violent dictatorship in Mexico eventually led to a revolution, which resulted in the exodus of thousands of Mexicans between 1910-1930. In the 1920s thousands of people from the central states of Mexico also left because of religious persecution Free Guy teljes film ingyen.
I often wonder why my grandparents came to the United States. My conversations with them made something clear: like many other migrants at that time in Mexico, they left their violence-torn homeland in hopes of finding work elsewhere. It is not very clear that they are looking for a new life elsewhere or pursuing the American Dream. They were initially hesitant about their future. In contrast to immigrants from Europe and Asia,
Mexicans are close enough to the homeland that if work does not materialize or becomes shaky, they are ready to return. Many actually came to the United States thinking they would make money and then returned to Mexico after the armed conflict ended to buy small properties or start businesses.
Four of my grandparents were born in Mexico. Two are from the Sabinas region in the northern state of Coahuila. Both my parents grew up on the Westside of San Antonio, a Mexican barrio where everyone, it seemed, had a connection to Mexico. Neither has a television, so our only music and news comes from two local Spanish-language radio Öngyilkos osztag 2 teljes film magyarul stations.
Mexican barrios like ours and those in other US cities are often called “Little Mexico”. In Dallas, for example, so many Mexicans moved to “Little Jerusalem,” a Jewish neighborhood, which after 1910 soon became known as “Little Mexico.” But there’s not much about our barrio in San Antonio, which the US Census estimates as the second largest Mexican-American community in the United States after Los Angeles in 1960. People from outside our barrio call us Mexicans, and we call ourselves us as “La Raza.”
There are many things about what I saw and learned in my early years in San Antonio that reveal the extent of our Mexicanism. I grew up surrounded by a large family, and they influenced much of my early understanding of Latin culture and society. My “Kuponkirálynők teljes film” is one of those influencers.
My uncle, Tio Francisco “Pancho” Saenz, came to the United States at the age of 18 with his sister, Maria Romo, and brother-in-law, Benito Romo, from the Sabinas area of Coahuila. All three immigrated in 1913 across to the United States at the Eagle Pass international border.
Tio Pancho initially worked as a farm laborer, but found work in a garage as a young man when his family moved to San Antonio. With his savings, Tio Pancho bought his own garage and auto parts shop in 1937. Tio Pancho was a frequent “guest DJ” at KCOR. On the radio he tells stories about serving in the Mexican Revolution, catching big fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and learning the latest interesting stories about Mexican film stars and popular singers.
“Tio Pancho” is a popular man in our Westside barrio. From the Babaváró teljes film ingyenes mid-1930s until his death in 1965, he owned one of the few Mexican auto parts and repair shops in the city. He had radio time on the only Mexican station in town. Her sister Maria is one of the most respected midwives in the barrio. His brother Cruz owns the popular nightclub “El Gaucho” across the street from the Tio Pancho auto shop on El Paso Street and his sister Martin owns several fried chicken inns.
If my grandmother and brother believed in the American Dream, they didn’t say so. If the American Dream meant being financially successful, creating their own business, buying a house, and raising children who went to school, they did more than make this dream come true.
Even though they gave up on returning to Mexico, they did not