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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Some Historical Perspectives On The Presence Of Chicanos In American History
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Identity, Politics

Alejandro Saenz
Andres Tijerina
Apr 15, 1977

Some Historical Perspectives on the Presence of Chicanos in American History

Dr. Andres Tijerina provides a historical perspective on several issues concerning Chicanos today. He explains the issue of land grants date back to the 1800s, when the Mexican government gave land in the Southwest to its citizens. Today, however, much of those lands are in the hands of Anglos who often cheated or violently coerced Mexicans into giving up their claims. Despite the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which guaranteed Mexican landholdings, religion and culture, the U.S. government has rarely supported Chicano claims to land or protected their right to speak Spanish.

While Tijerina does acknowledge that during the battle for the Alamo the Mexican army massacred Anglo soldiers, he argues that the history taught in public schools has presented a biased history, which holds Mexican civilians, many of whom aided the Anglos, responsible for the violence. Moreover, in the years after the Alamo, Anglos murdered thousands of Mexican American men, women and children.

Tijerina explains that despite these incidents of violence and discrimination, Mexican Americans have served the United States loyally and valiantly in World War 2, during which they volunteered at much higher numbers than other ethnic group and emerged with distinction and decoration. Yet, despite their patriotism and their service, Chicano servicemen continued to face discrimination.


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