PROFESSOR KENNEDY, RECONQUISTA AND A CHICANO QUEBEC

 

HERE IS WHAT David M. Kennedy, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of American History at Stanford University, SAYS IN THE NOVEMBER 1996 ISSUE OF THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY MAGAZINE... he repeated it on 'WHOSE L.A. IS IT?"
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" This Hispanicization of the American Southwest is sometimes called
the Reconquista, a poetic reminder that the territory in question
was, after all, incorporated into the United States in the first
place by force of arms, in the Mexican War of the 1840s. There is
a certain charm in this turn of the wheel of history, with its
reminder that in the long term the drama of armed conquest may be
less consequential than the prosaic effects of human migration and
birth rates and wage differentials. But the sobering fact is that
the United States has had no experience comparable to what is now
taking shape in the Southwest.


"Mexican-Americans will have open to them possibilities closed to
previous immigrant groups. They will have sufficient coherence and
critical mass in a defined region so that, if they choose, they
can preserve their distinctive culture indefinitely. They could
also eventually undertake to do what no previous immigrant group
could have dreamed of doing: challenge the existing cultural,
political, legal, commercial, and educational systems to change
fundamentally not only the language but also the very institutions
in which they do business. They could even precipitate a debate
over a "special relationship" with Mexico that would make the
controversy over the North American Free Trade Agreement look like
a college bull session. In the process, Americans could be pitched
into a soul-searching redefinition of fundamental ideas such as
the meaning of citizenship and national identity."

 

"The possiblity looms that in the next generation or so we will see a kind of Chicano Quebec take shape in the American Southwest..."

THOSE WHO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF THE MEXICAN TAKOVER OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST ARE

RECONQUISTAS.


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