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El Cinco de Mayo

An American Tradition

David Hayes-Bautista

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Why is Cinco de Mayo—a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862—so widely celebrated in California and across the United States, when it is scarcely observed in Mexico? As David E. Hayes-Bautista explains, the holiday is not Mexican at all, but rather an American one, created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century. Hayes-Bautista shows how the meaning of Cinco de Mayo has shifted over time—it embodied immigrant nostalgia in the 1930s, U.S. patriotism during World War II, Chicano Power in the 1960s and 1970s, and commercial intentions in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, it continues to reflect the aspirations of a community that is engaged, empowered, and expanding.

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united states holidays, mexican immigration, cultural studies, mexican customs and traditions, mexican culture, latino immigration, latino traditions, california culture, mexican holidays, california history, holidays in america, latino culture in america, california latinos, hispanic american studies, 19th century california, american traditions, us west history, 19th century america, american civil war era, mexican americans, mexican war history, holidays, latino cultural history, latin american history