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North From Mexico - Exploration + Heritage

El Paso Public Library Border Heritage Center

Sound | 1971

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  •  Chicanos face Anglo resistance 
  •  Landscape of Southwestern United States 
  •  Spanish explorers arrive in southwest 
  •  Pueblo culture "rescued and revitalized" by Spaniards 
  •  Mining industry 
  •  Adobe and hacienda dwellings 
  •  Folklore: Cowboys and Tortillas 
  •  Warfare between Gringos and Greasers 
  •  Irrigation and agriculture 
  •  Cesar Chavez discusses labor crisis 
  •  Chicanos living in cities 
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This film traces the history of Mexican Americans in the Southwest from the time before the arrival of the conquistadores to the modern era, emphasizing the closely entwined relationship between Mexican and American cultures. The film highlights the civil rights and labor movements that characterized the Mexican American community in the 1960s and 1970s, and includes commentary by activist Cesar Chavez.