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Mexican history



  • There's More to Cinco De Mayo than Many Americans Know

    by Ruben A. Arellano

    American Cinco de Mayo celebrations emerged at a time when ethnic Mexicans who were made Mexican-American by the US conquest of their homes looked to Mexico's defeat of a French imperialist invasion in 1862 for inspiration at a time when the Confederacy threatened to expand into the southwest.



  • The Contradictions of AMLO and Mexico

    by Humberto Beck and Patrick Iber

    Mexico's first left-wing president in the era of competitive elections has followed through on populist promises to reduce inequality, but has increasingly personalized authority and equated loyalty to his regime with public service. 



  • The Last Emperor of Mexico (Review)

    As the younger brother of the Austrian emperor, Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian was a perfect figurehead for Napoleon III of France's efforts to create a puppet regime in Mexico. Things didn't go the way he hoped. 


  • The Fantasy of Hispanic Heritage Month

    by Frank P. Barajas

    Conceived by a Congressman to honor the contributions of ethnic Mexicans to American society, Hispanic Heritage Month is based in a mythical Spanish past that obscures the indigenous history of the west and legitimates the succession of power from Iberian to Anglo elites. 



  • Americans Sought Safer Abortions in Mexico Before Roe, Too

    by Lina-Maria Murillo

    "No matter what antiabortion crusaders try, pregnant people will always find ways to have abortions — and networks that go beyond borders have long helped them navigate treatment options."



  • Every American Needs to Take a History of Mexico Class

    by Gabriela Soto Laveaga

    Understanding the history of the US-Mexico border from the perspective of Mexico deepens understanding not just of the relationship between nations, but of the complexity of history as opposed to simplistic nationalist myths. 



  • Pancho Villa, My Grandmother, and the Revolutionary History of the Border

    by Carlos Sanchez

    Conflicting family and neighborhood stories about the life of Pancho Villa – bandit or revolutionary? – showed the author how little of the complexity of the Mexican Revolution and the experiences of ethnic Mexican people made it into his school books in El Paso. Will new Texas laws push this knowledge back into the shadows? 



  • Mexico Faces Up to Uneasy Anniversary of Chinese Massacre

    The 1911 massacre of Chinese laborers in the town of Torreón shows that Asian migrants were subjected to mass violence throughout the Americas. The Mexican government and society have only recently begun to acknowledge this and other incidents.  



  • The Immovable AMLO

    by Humberto Beck, Carlos Bravo Regidor and Patrick Iber

    "AMLO continues to decry the faults of neoliberalism, but his government is, for the most part, failing to build an effective alternative to it."



  • Who Gets to Govern the Global Economy?

    by Christy Thornton

    Johns Hopkins Latin Americanist Christy Thornton describes her book "Revolution In Development" and its contribution to understanding how Mexican officials fought against dismissive treatment from the world's leading economic powers as they sought a voice in shaping the international economic order. 



  • The Problem of Environmental Racism in Mexico Today is Rooted in History

    by Jayson Maurice Porter

    The marginalization of Afro-Mexican history in the state of Guerrero is product of a history of government-sanctioned development that harmed marginalized communities; ignorance of that history prevents considering policy solutions that could advance environmental justice in areas harmed by tourism development and deforestation.