Hispanic American Immigration

By Chasen Campbell and Alvaro Reyes-Martinez

History 1950's

In 1950 4 million U.S. residents were from Spanish-speaking countries. About 50 percent of Hispanics in the United States originate from Mexico.Mexican migration to the United States began in the early 20th century, motivated by labor demands in the United States and political unrest in Mexico. Throughout the 20th century, major reforms to the U.S. immigration system played a role in shaping the size and character of Mexican immigration to the U.S. Since 1980, Mexicans have been the largest immigrant group in the United States.

  • Political unrest is a term describing widespread dissatisfaction with the current government.
  • A concept that describes the amount of demand for labor that an economy or firm is willing to employ at a given time.

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Racial Stereotypes

Hispanics may now be the largest racial minority in the United States, but their grow in numbers hasn’t necessarily made it easier for them to challenge stereotypes. Racial stereotypes about Hispanics found in television and film. This overview of the most common Hispanic stereotypes portrayed in the media—from maids to garbage men—reveals why sweeping generalizations about Hispanics are harmful.

Hispanic American's impact on The Civil Rights Movement.

The Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, one of the least studied social movements of the 1960's, caused a broad cross section of issues—from restoration of land grants, to farm workers rights, to enhanced education, to voting and political rights.MLK has been seen as an inspiration for the Latinoist 1960s movements but, however, MLK was more than an inspirational symbol. He provided resources, public relations, and emotional support to our Latino Civil Rights Movements-in particular, the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.King also came to Los Angeles rally for Mexican Americans.