Us Mexico Capitalism

Topics: United States, Mexican American, Mexico Pages: 5 (1894 words) Published: February 14, 2013
A major theme of this course has been how the U.S. operates as an Capitalist power. One of the factors that makes the United States an Capitalist power is the displacement and marginalization of people for economic gain. The uprooting of people has been occurring throughout the duration of American relations with Mexico. From the early 20th century with railroads and mines to post NAFTA, a cycle of displacement has become embedded into U.S.-Mexico relations. Throughout the readings of the class and the short documentaries we’ve watched, it is apparent that the Mexican American community has been a chief source of the expansion of America. The first major uprooting of Mexican labor began at the onset of the 20th century when the U.S. built railroads into Mexico. The U.S. had become an ally of Dictator Porfirio Diaz who allowed the expansion of railroads to occur within the outskirts of Mexico. With the building of railroads came the uprooting of thousands of peasants who would later work for the same railroads, which had displaced them. With the expansion of railroads, came the profitable of mines. The United States needed cheap labor to make the most amount of profit possible from these enterprises and displaced Mexican peasants were the prime suppliers of this need. Juan Gonzales in Harvest of Empire additionally captures the importance of the Mexican population to the U.S. economy. Mexican workers were the primary source of income to American companies. Using an industrialist method the U.S has created a system where the continual uprooting of Mexican workers would solidify their core value to the U.S. economy. As depicted in many of the PowerPoint pictures presented in class, Mexican immigrants have played a vital role of the creation of America. Marginalization has been used as a tool to integrate migrant workers into the American economy. America as an imperialist power has always required high maintenance at a low cost and that is where the Latin American migrants come into place. As stated before from the early 20th century the economic expansion to the U.S within Mexico was established using Mexican workers to established a cheap labor. The historical stage was set for the development of a working class consciousness; an opposition to oppressive and exploitative conditions which the Mexican community experienced (47,Gonzalez) The integration of migrants into the working class began in Mexico when farm workers were relocated to the outskirts of Mexico to work in the railroads and the mines for U.S companies. Hence, this is why marginalization has been a great force into making Mexican workers the working class. By this I am implying that Mexican workers have had low levels of education, poor housing, poor representation and low income. Soon after the integration began in Mexico, the working force migrated to the United State. Due to War World II there was a shortage of agricultural labor. It was much economical for the United States government and corporations to create a government sponsored temporary program for immigrant workers. The types of people the U.S. employed in its labor force was predetermined in how it was executed. By this, I mean that historically, it has been no accident that the Mexican people being displaced are peasants. Once they are displaced from their homes, they have no other economic means of support than to go to work for the U.S. backed monopoly, which initially uprooted them. “Mexicans Became another group of workers exploited by employers”(178, Vargas). The integration of migrant workers into the working class has not been very hard, there where many workers displaced during The Bracero Program. “Mexicans became the foundation of the industrialized labor relations in California crop productions”(194,Vargas) The Bracero Program news clip we watched in class, while a U.S. propaganda technique, still help in the understanding of how the U.S. continued to uproot people as the 20th...
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