During the Great Depression, the U.S. government established an “anti-Mexican" rhetoric that specifically targeted Mexican migrants and Mexican-American citizens. One of many tactics of discrimination was mass deportations, forcibility sending both Mexican migrants and American citizens of Mexican descent to Mexico. Fueling a fear among Mexican American communities, many other Mexicans and Mexican-Americans felt forced to uproot their homes and voluntarily leave. Students will learn about this period in history and will make connections between this event and contemporary politics and rhetoric concerning Mexican migrants.
Workshop: “They treated us like criminals.” Students will examine testimonies of survivors who were unconstitutionally deported during the Great Deportation. Students will examine political cartoons created during this period, as well as contemporary cartoons, while participating in a critical analysis of these images to understand their meaning, satire, and rhetoric.