Chicano Studies 8
December 9, 2012
Take Home Final Exam
1. Two historical events that I observed in the museum were the California Gold Rush and The Signing of the California Land Claims Act. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought large numbers of new immigrants from Mexico, Central American and South America to California. The presence of gold made California tremendously valuable to the United States. The Gold Rush funded money for the union to buy supplies and fire arms for its military. The Gold Rush stood out to me because of all the back ground information and analyzing we did in class and its importance in both Mexican and American History. The second event I observed was the signing of the California Land Claims Act, after the Mexican American War, Mexican American land owners in United States territory began to lose their land at an alarming pace. Either through fraud or force, Mexicans living in United States regions were often stripped of their rights to their land. This act really stuck me on how unfair our government was to our own people and how the government can abuse its power. 2. Two individuals I selected from the Voces Vivas in the museum I chose were David A. Siqeiros and Andres Laguna. David Siqeiros was a political muralist who expressed his social views in his artwork. He was a communist/socialist. Sieiros was born in December 29, 1896, in Chihuahua, Mexico. Much of his artwork reflected the oppression of Chicanos in the United States. The most famous mural he painted was the “America Tropical”. It was 82ft by 18ft and was done in La Placita Olvera. This mural reflected imperialism and the exploitation inflicted on the indigenous people of Latin America by the Spanish/European powers. There was much controversy with the mural and its meaning, it was later destroyed. The other person I selected was Andre Laguna, a Linotypist for La Opinion. Laguna was born in El Districto Federal De Mexico. A...
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