Eastern American Correspondents and the Othering of Mexicans in the Nineteenth-century Popular Press Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Fuhlhage, Michael J.
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
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  • American correspondents from distinct regions of the United States brought the cultural strains of those regions with them to areas of the West long settled by Mexicans. This dissertation demonstrates the role these distinct cultural strains played in generating stereotypical notions about Mexicans that reflected American settlers' material needs -- rooted in the doctrine of Manifest Destiny -- and conditioned correspondents to project the inverse of their core values onto Mexicans. As Mexicans from distinct regions of the Southwest were racialized and stripped of their individual distinctiveness in the white Anglo-Saxon mind, regionally specific othering that played a part in the process of Latinos' subordination merged into nationally known stereotypes that have prevailed since the turn of the twentieth century. This dissertation uses the methods of cultural history to examine the ways correspondents' religious and political beliefs, first-hand and second-hand knowledge about Mexicans, and personal trajectories combined to generate media images that othered Mexicans. This othering during the nineteenth century laid the foundations for stereotyping about Latinos in the twentieth century.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication."
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  • Fee, Frank E.
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