When did Mexico win its independence from Spain?
Barrera, Chapter 1 “Introduction” (1-3 only)
Present the three theories of racial inequality introduced by Barrera in this chapter.
Barrera, Chapter 2 “The Nineteenth Century, Part I: Conquest and Dispossession”
According to Barrera, what were the three key developments influencing the social, political and economic status of Chicanos in the Southwest during the Nineteenth Century?
Barrera presents six explanations for U.S. expansion into the Southwest and for the Mexican American War. How many different explanations did you find in this chapter?
a. What reasons do each of these 6 explanations offer for U.S. expansion?
b. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each of these explanations?
Compare the various means by which land was transferred in California to how it was transferred in New Mexico and Texas. In other words, in what different ways were Chicanos displaced from the land?