Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

Americans began their acquisition of Mexico by simply moving there. Even after the Mexican government prohibited American immigration to Texas, Americans continued to cross the border illegally. Stephen Austin, the "Father of Texas," urged Americans to come to Mexico, "passports or no passports."

After half of Mexico was claimed by the United States in 1848, thousands of Mexicans found themselves immigrants without ever having moved. In California, they outnumbered Americans by ten to one. They were made citizens of the United States, but they would, in the decades following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, lose most of their land to drought, squatters, taxes, and American courts.

Now, some Americans fear a reconquista of the Southwest.---Eula Biss, "Babylon" (Notes from No Mans Land: American Essays)


Josh said...

Not a rare form of projection--we see it in various bigots' fears that gays, black Americans, anti-Zionist professors, or people with disabilities will do to members of the dominant groups what's been done to them.

mouseworks said...

Ulysses Grant said that the Civil War was what America deserved for its war with Mexico, that the invasion was done for nasty reasons (protecting slavery) and without provocation on the Mexican's part against US territory. Sort of like Eisenhower speaking out against the military industrial complex.