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Beyond the AlamoForging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861$
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Raul A. Ramos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888933_ramos

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Conclusion Challenging Identities

Conclusion Challenging Identities

Transnational Becomes Local

(p.231) Conclusion Challenging Identities
Beyond the Alamo

Raúl A. Ramos

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes the way it began—with the Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration. On September 16, 1910, Mexicans marked the centennial of their independence with larger versions of the annual parades and celebrations. The Mexican government established a centennial commission to oversee the work of local organizing juntas patrioticas formed across the nation. The juntas extended into the borderlands area of the United States, with groups forming in San Antonio and south Texas as well as in Los Angeles, Tucson, and El Paso. Mexican Independence Day celebrations continued an existing tradition in these areas. By including Mexicans living in the United States in the centennial planning, the commission acknowledged an idea of nationalism that extended beyond the nation, a “Mexico de afuera,” in a sense.

Keywords:   centennial commission, juntas patrioticas, Mexican Independence Day, nationalism, Mexico de afuera

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