Mexican Identity: Juana Gallegos's story - While there is no single Mexican immigrant experience, the story of Juana Gallegos is fairly typical of those who migrated in the early 20th century. Born in 1900 in the rural town of Miquihuana, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Juana’s life was disrupted by shifts in agriculture, the building of a national railway system, and the Mexican Revolution. Although Juana left Mexico in 1923, she never stopped visiting her relatives or thinking of herself as Mexican.
The Unknown History of Latino Lynchings Research on Latino lynchings is new. This is a summary of a Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review article that draws a direct line form 19th and early 20th century Latino lynchings to today’s movements to suppress Spanish and force immigrants to assimilate. Mexican men were lynched for acting “too Mexican,” and “Mexican women may also been lynched if they resisted the sexual advances of Anglo men.” A Fascinating, enraging read.