Without Las Soldaderas, there would not have been a Mexican Revolution. Soldaderas, sometimes called Adelitas after a famous corrido about a beautiful and feminine girl, were women who cared for and sometimes fought alongside men in the Mexican Revolutionary war. [Arrizón:90:1998] The name Soldadera comes from the Spanish word soldada, which is a term used to define the payment made to someone who cares for soldiers. Many times, such women were educated and motivated by ideology, rather than just a simple desire to accompany their men.
For this book review, I am going to be talking about David Montejano’s book entitled Quixote’s Soldiers, A local history of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981. The author’s purpose is very well explained and it is not hard to understand. The author clearly tries to explain different ideologies, individuals and organizations located in one of the Southwest’s major cities, San Antonio, Texas, during the late 1960s and early 190s. All these varieties mentioned above made possible that a movement was created called Chicano Movement, a group that David Montejano provides a deeply understanding and description of the movement during the reading of the book. Since, the city was governed by a tough Anglosocial elite that was firmly convinced in the way
In my scholarly project, I want to write a research paper on Mexican corridos (ballads). Although corridos are very influential in the Hispanic (Mexican) population today, some people still sing along to the music without knowing what it means or what it’s trying to convey. My goal is to help people understand what Mexican corridos are, and answer questions like what do performers try to convey through this music? How have Mexican corridos changed throughout the years? What influenced corridos to change (if they did change)?
In the article “La Adjetivación de la Violencia del Narcotráfico en la Cultura de México: Religión, Arquitectura, Música y Literatura,” María Eugenia de la O Martínez discusses the transformation of message in corridos by conducting a textual analysis. The author writes its research by treating narcocorridos as the modern form of the traditional folk ballad, or corrido, currently often associated with Mexican drug culture. The author uses books and songs, narcocorridos to understand the cultural meaning of violence, fear, and pain in Mexico, as well as the social circumstances that legitimized the narco-trafficking. De La O Martínez analyses the topic through three thematic lenses: architecture, music, and literature. Due to the topic of my
Historians often divide the Mexican Revolution into three main periods of fighting due to its length and complexity. Of the three periods, the one that had the most impact on Mexican society at the time was the first phase in which Francisco Madero overthrew Porfirio Diaz as new revolutionary leaders such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa arose. This period allowed people that were not usually involved in politics to become more involved. The phase of the revolution that had the most potential to create change in Mexican society later was the third one that saw Conventionalists take on Constitutionalists for control of the country. This stage created the Constitution and led to a single political party gaining control of México.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday all about celebrating Mexican heritage. Cinco de Mayo literally translates to “Fifth of May,” because, well, it is celebrated on May 5th. This holiday is often confused with Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Independence Day is about Mexico becoming its own country, while Cinco de Mayo is about a single battle.
The Untamed Will Strive It’s an unnerving reality that your language can cause such a state of confusion and systematic discrimination even from the people that use it. This is a truth of the world that Gloria Anzaldua shares from her own real life. Occurrences that show how one must not be ashamed by the way he/she speaks or by how others may perceive that person just based on language. Anzaldua exclaims that our language should be taken as what shows the world who we are.
Wolf Reading Response Eric Wolf described the Chinese Revolution in comparison to that of the Mexican Revolution. For example, during the Mexican Revolution, there were three main crises. The first was the demographic crisis. The second was the ecological crisis. The third was the crisis in power and authority.
Las Vegas is where I was born and raised. That doesn’t mean that I just gave up on my Mexican culture. Like many others, I have a culture that is both American and Mexican. My culture has shaped my values, perceptions, and behaviors. The culture of my family, community, and society has made who I am as a person in numerous ways.
Mexican Regional Music Nowadays Mexican regional music is a musical genre with songs accompanied instrumentally with “banda”, mainly, to dance and with contagious rhythms. It has millions of followers, among them, adults, teenagers and kids. This essay focuses on the analysis of the social impact that it could have the content of this music. This musical category is so popular and it has big diffusion, it can be heard everywhere: at home, in the public bus, on the radio, on television with its correspondent music video, at job, at any time, it is contagious, easy to sing and memorize.
Corrido is a traditional Mexican type of music that consist of a narrative on historical events. The purpose behind corridos initially began to spread news to people. Throughout time, it started to discuss the struggle against oppression and injustice. In fact, the topics of corridos have included on the corrupted government, disloyal wives/husbands, life stories, and many other social problems. Today many corridos have focus on discussing the current issues between the US and Mexico.
A thought-provoking source that John H.M Laslett used in researching for his book Shameful Victory is George J. Sanchez’s 1993 book Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945. His this book, Sanchez places a platform about Mexican American identity that stretches before World War II. The main argument is that Chicano history does little to explore the development of cultural adaptation. And he seeks to render that. Even through hardship and discrimination, the Mexican American identity evolved.
I discovered my love for English throughout my Puente classes. It exposed me to my passion for writing and learning new things. An example of this was when we read “ Borderlands” by Gloria Anzladúa which deals with how we identify ourselves composed of poems and written text. Explaining her story of being a Chicana; someone who is Mexican American dealing with the differences of both cultures.