History of Mexico disc questions

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Required Reading:

Ebook link here: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=U6Z1DgAAQB…

  • Chapter 3 Introduction
  • Popular Groups: Children’s History Book
  • Arellano, “Gringo de Mayo(I will sent the pdf. for you)
  • Chapter 5 Introduction
  • Creelman, “President Díaz, Hero of the America” (pgs. 285-290 only, ) (I will sent the pdf. for you)
  • Arnold and Frost, “Porfirio Díaz Visits Yucatán(I will sent the pdf. for you)
  • Military and Militia: Stephen Neufeld, “The Sly Mockeries of Military Men: Corridos and Poetry as Critical Voice for the Porfirian Army”

Optional Readings:


Talk about what you think. You must ask one question about this readings on this discussion (1 page only)

Reply those 2 question.

1. In Chapter 3 of Problems in Modern Mexican History, the authors reference the influence of the liberal side of La Reforma in Mexico. Biblioteca del Niño Mexicano (The Mexican Child’s Library) was a series of booklets. written by Heriberto Frías, that taught children the history of Mexico and of important figures that had a role in La Reforma. In these booklets, concepts such as the liberals hate of Santa Anna, the need for revolution under his rule as well as figures like Arista and Juarez. After reading this section: How would you compare these children’s informational booklets to how children learn history and current day politics today? Are politics an appropriate thing to discuss with or teach children? Do you think that young people play a key role in politics and change? How does this parallel the way the young people of today share political and activism through social media?

2.Gustavo Arellano’s rant, “Gringo de Mayo,” about the pointlessness of Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans is an entertaining, and heavily sarcastic, reading about the Americanization of the commemoration of the 1862 Battle of Puebla. Some light research on the internet reveals that Arellano has morphed into a popular food critic with both a regular column, “Ask a Mexican,” and a book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Clearly, he has benefitted from his colorful 2003 tirade about the American commercialization of the short-lived Mexican victory in Puebla. Of course it is important to acknowledge the mighty resistance that General Zaragoza’s troops put up against the French, however the celebrations appear more symbolic now within the context of deeper insights into Mexican history. Do you agree? Why do you think this victory is more widely recognized outside of Mexico than within? Is it really about the sombreros, tequila, beer and tacos? When we celebrate, are we stereotyping?


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