A history of the Chicano community cannot be complete without
taking into account the United States' domination of the Mexican
economy beginning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries, writes Gilbert G. González. For that economic conquest
inspired U.S. writers to create a "culture of empire" that
legitimated American dominance by portraying Mexicans and Mexican
immigrants as childlike "peons" in need of foreign tutelage,
incapable of modernizing without Americanizing, that is, submitting
to the control of U.S. capital. So powerful was and is the culture
of empire that its messages about Mexicans shaped U.S. public
policy, particularly in education, throughout the twentieth century
and even into the twenty-first.
In this stimulating history, Gilbert G. González traces the
development of the culture of empire and its effects on U.S.
attitudes and policies toward Mexican immigrants. Following a
discussion of the United States' economic conquest of the Mexican
economy, González examines several hundred pieces of writing by
American missionaries, diplomats, business people, journalists,
academics, travelers, and others who together created the
stereotype of the Mexican peon and the perception of a "Mexican
problem." He then fully and insightfully discusses how this
misinformation has shaped decades of U.S. public policy toward
Mexican immigrants and the Chicano (now Latino) community,
especially in terms of the way university training of school
superintendents, teachers, and counselors drew on this literature
in forming the educational practices that have long been applied to
the Mexican immigrant community.
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