Migrants Find a Gold Rush in New Orleans
Originally uploaded by _Faith.
Word spread to Latino laborers as Katrina's floodwaters ebbed: There is work with good money and no questions about papers.
NEW ORLEANS — As the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina receded in September, roads filled with residents leaving the city, their cars, SUVs and moving vans jammed with what they had salvaged of their lives.
Thousands of men from Mexico and Central America were driving into the city. Word had spread throughout the Latino immigrant diaspora in America that the city had plenty of work, construction wages had doubled to $16 an hour and no one was asking for papers.
READ THE REST OF THIS STUNNING ARTICLE AT THE LATIMES.COM
THANK GOD SOMEBODY'S GOING?
COULD WE FIND A WAY TO WORK TOGETHER ON THIS BLACK AND BROWN?
COURSE THE GOLD RUSH SAW UNTOLD HORROS OF AMERICAN INSTINCT AGAINST IMMIGRANT (i.e. free vs. forced american labor) MENTALITY.
MEXICAN, CHILEANS, AFRICAN AMERICANS, CHINESE, IRISH, AMERICAN INDIAN, PRETTY MUCH ALL GOT SCREWED MOST OF THE TIME BY THE CA GOLD RUSH.
NOT TO MENTION HOW THE US GOV'T "BOUGHT" CALI FROM MEXICO WITHOUT MENTIONING GOLD IN THEM HILLS HAD BEEN DISCOVERED ONE WEEK EARLIER!
I thought at the same time that it could hardly be kept secret for six weeks, and in this I was not mistaken, - John Sutter, during his official announcement.
Funny how things don't change about governments, $15 million dollars for 4 1/2 US states. From 1848 to today 15 Mill is Somewhere between 356 million and 73 billion dollars.
in a "california knew mexico had gold 1848" google search look what pops up,
|File Format: Rich Text Format - View as HTML|
Step 2: Explain to students that the pioneers knew Mexico owned the territory
... the Mormons' inability to obtain statehood in 1850 as California had done. ...
from that .rtf:
Activity 1: Manifest Destiny
The Salt Lake Valley was part of Mexico when the Mormon pioneers arrived in 1847. Later it became part of the United States. The pioneers knew this was Mexico’s land when they decided to settle here, which was not unusual as the spirit of “Manifest Destiny” seemed to offer moral justification for American expansion and acquisition. Groups already claiming territory might have felt differently. Steps 1-3 will explain this.
Step 1: On the board write “United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Republic of Texas, and Russia. Tell students all these countries claimed land in what is now the United States during the 1840s. Ask students which country they think “owned” what is now Utah when the Mormons arrived here in 1847. With a show of hands write their “votes” by each country. When voting is completed tell students that Mexico claimed the Utah area along with present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and part of Colorado and Wyoming. Show students map of the United States with areas claimed by these countries (USHS web site “United States c. 1840” map) either as a hand out or on overhead projector. Point out what was Mexican territory when the pioneers arrived in 1847.
Step 2: Explain to students that the pioneers knew Mexico owned the territory when they decided to settle here, that it was one of the main reasons they wanted to settle here. Ask students why they think the pioneers might have wanted to settle outside the United States. Write their answers on the board and discuss them. (Possible answers: Mormons wanted to be free from the persecution they had encountered for practicing their religious beliefs in the United States; and political independence.)
Ask students if they think the pioneers would have had any concerns about making their settlement in Mexico and what they might have been. Write their answers on the board and discuss them. (Possible answers: Mexico might not want them there; they might have to follow Mexican rules and regulations.)
Step 3: Explain that Manifest Destiny was the belief by Americans that it was their duty to populate the continent. The term was coined in 1845 by editor John Louis O’Sullivan who said, “Our manifest destiny is to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” This belief seemed to offer moral justification for American expansion to the west. Discuss how different groups such as the pioneers, Canada, Great Britain, France, Republic of Texas, Russia, Mexico and Native Americans might have felt about this belief. (Possible answers: pioneers might have felt it was their duty to bring their beliefs to the area; Canada, Great Britain, France, Republic of Texas, Mexico and Russia might have been worried about losing their land; and Native Americans might have felt intruded upon and worried about losing their hunting grounds and way of life.)Yeah we might of. Felt intruded upon.