A Second Look at Our Hispanic Heritage
reviews the system of feudal kingdoms on the Iberian Peninsula, their conquest by North African Muslims (the Moors,) and their repatriation and unification under Ferdinand and Isabella in the late 1400s.
In 1519, Hernan Cortez arrived to conquer and destroy the Aztec, Mayan, Inca and Toltec cultures; and to establish New Spain. The next 300 years saw the exploitation of the colony by the Spanish Crown, as the church, the military, and civil authorities competed for position. We also examine the social and political pecking order based on race and birthright.
After several unsuccessful independence efforts, there was finally established – in 1821 – The Republic of Mexico. This was followed by a quarter-century of political chaos, and even more years of repeated armed revolution. Part One ends in the 1860s with the French conquest of Mexico; their ultimate expulsion; and the execution of the hapless ‘Emperor’ Maximillian.
shifts the focus to the story of those Mexicans who had become Americans by the early 1850’s. We examine Arizona’s territorial period, the labor movement, literacy laws, illegal deportations, and the growth of “anti-Mexican” attitudes, generally. Particularly poignant are the personal accounts of discrimination during the 20th century suffered by individuals who later emerged as state and national leaders.
Scattered throughout the program is a series of vignettes reflecting the Hispanic contribution to American culture, music, art, dance, and language
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