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Mexican Immigration Essay

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Mexican immigration in the early 1900's was a huge issue that impacted the United

States in areas such as urban population, employment and many other ways. The mass number of

Mexican immigrant's that migrated to the United States from Mexico was at nearly half million

in between the years of 1920 and 1929. Mexicans left their native land and moved to the United

States not only to achieve financial prosperity, but to get out of the chaotic environment that

Mexico was in at the time due to the Mexican revolution which began in 1910. Many Mexicans

that were seeking work found jobs in farming, mining, and railroad construction work this help

them in their pursuit of financial prosperity. But did Mexican immigration affect
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part this was the objective goal of the Protestant denominations, the Catholic Church and the

corporate world which wanted Americanized workers.

The year 1910 marked the start of the Mexican Revolution which pushed many Mexican

citizens north of the border into the United States. Not only were they pushed to America by the

Mexican Revolution but they were also lured here by the numerous employment opportunities

such as farming, railroad work, and mining that’s could be found in Midwest states

such as Chicago, Colorado and Iowa. In a report that Reverend Robert N. Mclean did on Colorado Mexicans in 1924, he stated evidence that showed at the time 35 percent of the

population in Las Animas County, Colorado was Mexican which amounts to 17,000 or 18,000

people. The majority of these Mexicans worked in the mining camps.

Another example of this is found in a report that was done in 1928 by Anita Edgar Jones

in which she surveyed Mexican Life in Chicago. She stated that “The Mexicans in Chicago

live for the most part either in railroad camps or in well defined colonies…. The most important

colonies are those which may be described as the Hull House colony, the University of Chicago

Settlement colony, the South Chicago Colony….” ( Anita Edgar Jones
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