African Americans 1900-1950 Essay

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Student’s Name Instructor’s Name Course Date of Submission American History Introduction Latino Americans are currently considered the largest minority groups in the U.S.A. They went through a lot of periods, setbacks and activities before reaching this stage. The paper explores the events of the years between 1900-1950, 1950-1970, and 1980-2012. It discusses how these events helped shape the history and impacted the lives of the Latino Americans. 1900-1950 First: The Mexican Revolution When Porfirio Diaz became Mexico’s president in 1884, he prioritized foreign imperialists interests (Acuna 162). The country fell into debts to foreign governments and banks. The situation caused dissatisfaction among the Mexican citizens and led to the breaking out of a revolution. The civil war lasted ten years. Consequently, it set off a great migration of Mexicans across the border to the U.S.A. They settled in the South Western states such as Texas, which had experienced an enormous economic growth, especially in cotton production. The immigrants provided the labor force needed for the farms and industries. Second: The Great Depression In the 1930s, the depression caused a downward turn of the U.S. economy. Consequently, it led to shortages in food and employment…show more content…
The program was started due to shortages of farm labor as U.S. citizens had gone to fight in the war. Known as the Labor Importation program, it was a carefully negotiated bilateral labor agreement between the U.S. and Mexican governments. It imported Mexican male laborers to the U.S. to work for minimum wages and standards of housing. The program also increased the number of illegal immigrants to the U.S.A. Unfortunately, the illegal immigrants did not have the leverage to push for the realization of the agreement as they were afraid of being deported back to
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