Gregg Cantrell Summary

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Gregg Cantrell successfully depicts Stephen F. Austin as a go between both American and Mexican Cultures. Cantrell accomplishes this by justifying any negative criticism made towards Austin’s actions against Mexicans through the letters he wrote his brother, Brown Austin. When waging the war against Mexico, misinterpretations were held as he maintained an American attitude when spoken of Catholicism which “confirmed his ethnocentrism.” The reality was that he did not like Catholicism, but he had his reasons. Austin insisted in going such lengths of not just learning, but becoming fluent in Spanish as he valued the communication with Mexicans and respected their culture. Austin’s purpose was not to be racism and target Mexicans, but the contribution
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