The Children of the Revolución: How the Mexican Revolution Changed America

by Alex Gonzalez

All political identities are created by the state or by cultural elites.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of elites and political leaders to instill you with a romanticized myth-identity that strengthens your cultural psychological being.  In this way you consider yourself as part of the myth, or the state.  Elites and political leaders, therefore,  need to tell  bourgeois masses that they are the guardians of the “myth,” and the elites need to keep  alive the linkage between the hopes of the masses to the of political party mantra or ideology of the state.  Without the guidance of cultural thinkers and elites like Jefferson and Hamilton , it would have been impossible for the Founding Fathers to bring he revolutionary bourgeois message to the masses in the colonies.

Therefore, any Mexican-American political leaders, or cultural elite, who wishes that Mexican-Americans become rulers of their own destine needs to instill the young with a healthy historical accounts in Mexican-Americans to strengthen their cultural character.  And Lionel  Sosa has answered that call in his new book Children of the Revolution.

Being a Mexican-American philanthropist is a daunting task, especially if you are a Republican, but Lionel Sosa is not afraid of  the challenge.

If you are a Native Latino Tejano, there is a 90% chance you are Mexican-American, and thus the  pictures in this book will remind you of your past.  But most likely you have been advised not to call yourself Mexican-American, and instead, opt for homogenous term like Latino or Hispanic, even though this is a purely bureaucratic  term “invented” in the 70s.  Look at it this way, as a Latino you have been in this nation only since Nixon invested this label in the 70s. But as a Mexican-American, you have been here for 300 years, or in Sosa’s book for over 100 years since the Mexican Revolution;  and this is a historical  account that new generations must learn about it.

With this Book,  Sosa introduces this  historical experiences of which Mexican-Americans can feel proud of their past as Mexicans, Tejanos, and as Americans, which will also build a strong psychological cultural pride for future Tejanos leaders. As a result, through this book, we can all feel a to be Children of the Revolution.

Alex Gonzalez is a political Analyst, Founder of Latino Public Policy Foundation (LPPF), and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote. Comments to or @AlexGonzTXCA

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