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They Came to Toil: U.S. News Coverage of Mexicans on the Eve of the Great Depression
Unformatted Document Text:  They  Came  to  Toil:  U.S.  News  Coverage  of  Mexicans  on  the  Eve  of  the  Great  Depression   Melita  M.  Garza  -­-­  Page  -­26-­       and ethnicity in a way that the Express did not, at least at this early stage of the Depression. La Prensa celebrated gains for school children, including the simple right to sit in the same classroom with non-Mexican white children. The Great Depression represented an epic struggle for virtually everyone. It was a struggle for work and a struggle against hunger. For Mexicans it was so much more. La Prensa and Express newspaper coverage helped construct, or at least reinforce, Mexican identity as an artifact of a three-century-old Spanish colonial past and as a viable tool for modern agribusiness. La Prensa’s coverage of the community’s young scholars hinted at the promise of something more. La Prensa recognized that breaking through the schoolhouse doors represented a revolutionary step in the construction of a Mexican identity beyond laborer--to thinker. From thinker, it was only a short hopscotch to U.S. citizenship.

Authors: Garza, Melita M..
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They  Came  to  Toil:  
U.S.  News  Coverage  of  Mexicans  on  the  Eve  of  the  Great  Depression  
Melita  M.  Garza  -­-­  Page  -­26-­  
 
 
and ethnicity in a way that the Express did not, at least at this early stage of the 
Depression. La Prensa celebrated gains for school children, including the simple right to 
sit in the same classroom with non-Mexican white children.   
The Great Depression represented an epic struggle for virtually everyone. It was a 
struggle for work and a struggle against hunger. For Mexicans it was so much more. La 
Prensa and Express newspaper coverage helped construct, or at least reinforce, Mexican 
identity as an artifact of a three-century-old Spanish colonial past and as a viable tool for 
modern agribusiness. La Prensa’s coverage of the community’s young scholars hinted at 
the promise of something more. La Prensa recognized that breaking through the 
schoolhouse doors represented a revolutionary step in the construction of a Mexican 
identity beyond laborer--to thinker. From thinker, it was only a short hopscotch to U.S. 
citizenship.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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