Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Mexican American Studies

First Advisor

Gregorio Mora Torres

Second Advisor

Julia E. Curry Rodríguez


Traditional U.S. historical scholars, as a matter of practice, carelessly push the history of the Mexican American community to the fringes of the collective historical consciousness of this country by selecting the common stories that students of all races learn. This study examines the problem of insufficient and inadequate historical scholarship pertaining to people of Mexican ancestry of the United States. By providing a local history of Mexican Americans in the Sacramento Valley this project provides a challenge to the legacy of historical exclusion by documenting the contributions and experiences of the Mexican American World War II generation and provides an alternative historical perspective to the World War II narrative.