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Chicano Studies

Mr. Weismuller

Chronological Overview of Chicano Studies

*Pre-Columbian MesoAmerica

Analyze the breakdown of the pre-classic, classic, and post-classic eras of ancient Mexican Indian tribes in pre-columbian Mesoamerica, beginning with the Olmecs the Aztecs.


*Aztec Culture and Religion

Examine mythological Aztec pagan gods, as well as Aztec cultural aspects, such as government, economy, education, arts, language, warfare, and the social structure.


*Spanish Conquest

Analyze the facility of the Spanish conquest of ancient Mexico due to religious prophesies, superior weaponry, and disease.


*Mexican Indendence

Comprehend who were the key revolutionaries that led the movements for independence in Mexico, and what were their accomplishments.


*Mexican-American War

Understand the role American expansionism played in the annexation of Texas during the Texas Revolution, and later, the remainder of Mexico’s northwest territories through Manifest Destiny during the Mexican American War.


*La Reforma (Mexican Civil War)

Examine The Reform War (Mexican Civil War) in Mexico, which was one of the episodes of the long struggle between Liberal and Conservative forces that dominated the country’s history in the 19th century.


*Cinco de mayo (Battle of Puebla)

Learn how a militia of several hundred Mexican farmers ousted one of the world’s strongest armies (France) during France’s first invasion, but also how Juarez was forced to appeal to the USA for Mexican sympathy to overcome the second one.


*Mexican Revolution

Chaos reins during the Mexican Revolution as poor Mexican peasants take arms against the corruption of the Mexican government.  The continued dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz brings forth the emergence of rebellious, historic Mexican figures such as Francisco Madero, Pancho Villa, and Emiliano Zapata who fight for national and regional causes geared towards the overthrowing of the government, of whose many leaders turn to corruption once in power.


*US Immigration Labor Policies

US Immigration Labor Policies depict the relationship between Mexico and the US’ labor needs, resulting in the attraction and eviction of Mexican nationals to the US, which is determined by the needs of the US’ economy.


*Zoot Suit Riots

The Zoot Suit Riots depict the rise and origins of the zoot suiter, rampant racial profiling towards the Latino community, events and results of the Sleepy Lagoon Case, and ultimately the Zoot Suit Riots.


*The Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen of the Chicano Movement include Reies Lopez Tijerina, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez, Cesar Chavez, and Jose Angel Gutierrez, all who played major roles in revolutionizing socio-political conditions in the Latino community.


*The Chicano Movement

During the 1960s, Chicanos protest for civil rights in a number of areas, such as equal & enhanced education, high Chicano casualties in the Vietnam War, restoration of Spanish land grants, farm workers’ rights, voting, historical awareness, & against negative ethnic stereotypes of Mexicans in the media.


*The Chicano Music Experience

Analyze the chronological stages through which Chicano music evolved, and the vital role it played through each stage.  Identify a series of Chicano artists and the social norms which shaped their music.  Comprehend how the Chicano Movement of the 1960s also evoked a political consciousness in music, which became acceptable for Chicanos to put their heritage before their music.

The San Gabriel Mission
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