Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Jonathan Cutler

Major

Sociology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis gives a socio-historic analysis of Texas history and the racial dynamics that resulted from the American colonization of Spanish Mexico. Investigating themes of local politics, marriage, education, tourism, and the military, I show how the Anglo population in Texas, more specifically San Antonio, systematically discriminated against and exploited Mexican communities. During the 20th century period, I also explore the Chicano Movement, and how local leaders responded to this historical exploitation and violence. Considering the history of racial violence in Texas, this thesis works to illustrate how our country's current political situation is a continuation of a long series of exploitative measures against people of color in this country in the name of "safety" or "fairness".

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