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Faced with the overwhelming forces arrayed against it, the uprising eventually collapsed. But, as Johnson demonstrates, the rebellion resonated for decades in American history. Convinced of the futility of using force to protect themselves against racial discrimination and economic oppression, many Mexican Americans elected to seek protection as American citizens with equal access to rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution.
|2||Trouble in Mind||38|
|3||The Promise of the Revolution||55|
|6||Citizenship at War||144|
|App||High Tide of the Plan de San Diego, August-September 1915||213|
Posted April 13, 2004
The 'Plan de San Diego' as written was a blatantly racist document advocating indiscriminate violence against peaceful citizens. Until the turn of the Twentieth Century the total population of the Lower Rio Grande Valley was sparse. This is the period in which irrigation farming on an extensive scale was introduced to the area, subsequently encouraging large numbers of migrant laborers from Mexico to enter and find work in the fields. They are among those the 'Plan' was intended to incite. However, the resultant murders and destruction can be directly assigned to groups of Mexican raiders crossing the Rio Grande, and lawless local citizens like Luis de la Rosa. Texan retribution was violent, and at times misdirected and unjust. As in any multiethnic society, there has always been racial discrimination in this region, and no ethnic group has a monopoly on it. But it must be understood that the immigration of Anglo-Americans into this particular part of Texas was not primarily Southern, as in the rest of the State, but from the mid-western United States. Those late arrivals from the north proved to be no different than anyone else in their societal perspectives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.