By Roberto Ramón Lint Sagarena
wake of the Mexican-American struggle, competing narratives of non secular conquest
and re-conquest have been hired through Anglo American and ethnic Mexican Californians
to make feel in their position in North the USA. those “invented traditions” had
a profound effect on North American non secular and ethnic kin, serving to
bring parts of Catholic heritage in the Protestant fold of the United
States’ nationwide background in addition to enjoying an fundamental function within the emergence
of the early Chicano/a stream.
Americans understood their cost within the a ways Southwest as following in the
footsteps of the colonial undertaking started by means of Catholic Spanish missionaries. In
contrast, Californios—Mexican-Americans and Chicana/os—stressed
deep connections to a pre-Columbian earlier over to their very own Spanish heritage.
Thus, as Anglo american citizens formed themselves because the religious heirs to the
Spanish frontier, many ethnic Mexicans got here to determine themselves because the spiritual
heirs to a southwestern Aztec homeland.
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