Hispanic Heritage Month – Mexican American

Okay so now for Hispanic Heritage Month we want to take these next couple of days to provide information about the different cultures that fall under the Hispanic culture.  Now don’t forget that we will be having a contest at the end of Hispanic Heritage Month (Oct 15) to see what you’ve learned….

The culture we want to highlight is the Mexican American (aka Chicano) Culture.

Mexican Americans account for 9% of the country’s (USA) population.  The ancestry of Mexican Americans can be traced back to Mexico and various European countries such as Spain.   

Before the founding of the United States – various states were part of what was called “New Spain” and later formed part of the Mexican Republic.  These states included Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, and parts of Colorado.  The Spanish first entered these areas in the late 16th century and they lived alongside the Native American communities and even integrated somewhat with them.

 Some notable Mexican Americans:

  • Muralist – Gronk
  • Labor Activist – César Chávez
  • Astronaut -Ellen Ochoa
  • Author -Guillermo Gómez-Peña
  • Musician – Sheila E.
  • Musicians – Los Lonely Boys
  • Comedian/Actor – George Lopez
  • Actress – Salma Hayek

As doing this research one fact that we didn’t even know was :

It is estimated that at least 597 Mexican Americans were lynched between 1848 and 1928. (from Wikipedia)  This was due to the classification of white for the persons lynched.

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