Mexican history problem
Formulate a title that fits your essay.
1. There should be a thesis statement (your argument) that needs to be developed. Underline your thesis statement. In the development of your essay use Garcia’s lectures and Gonzales readings.
2. You must have a reference to each part of the material that is used: for example, after a sentence or paragraph that contains information from either of the above two sources or other outside sources used, provide a reference notation e.g (Gon,3-7) or (Ga lec-4), and on other outside sources (abbreviation of author’s name in text and the citation at the end of the essay, author’s name, title.
3. You may use outside sources, for background information, but the main sources are Garcia and Gonzales.
Intellectual Virginia Wolf wrote, “If life has a base at all it is memory”. ( historical and personal) Cultural critic Richard Rodriguez wrote “My life began, it did not end, in the sixteenth century.” ( with Cortez’s arrival -1521 in Mexico)
Explore these two statements in terms of Mexican Americans’ need for a historical consciousness and memory, especially to understand one’s personal and collective history. (Why is this necessary”. What are the themes, events, ideas for this memory? How does historical memory help acquire one’s sense of self – identity.
*(Do not approach this question from the perspective of the 1960s Chicano’s
Mythical claims to the land of Aztlan, and the themes of colonialism or victimization. This is a question for a later essay on the ideology of the sons and daughters of the Mexican American’s.