Gutierrez On Immigration Analysis

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Gutierrez explains how the annexation of the Southwest after 1848 and the subsequent marginalization of Mexican Americans led to the forging of a collective ethnic identity that enabled the population to cope with the contradictory messages received from United States society. Large influxes of Mexican immigrants to the United States between 1890 and 1920, however, altered this balance. Consequently, Mexican Americans developed ambivalent attitudes towards this wave of immigration, fearing that the immigrants represented an economic threat. The conflict that emerged during this period set the stage for Mexican/Mexican-American relations for years to

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