Revolution on the border: Conflicted loyalties and conflicting identities in “George Washington Gómez”
Master of Arts
In George Washington Gómez , Américo Paredes depicts the ways in which the border plays important political, economic, and social roles in the Mexican Revolution. Paredes suggests that Border Mexicans are more familiar with and connected to history, since they can trace the "displacement" of their families as land was appropriated by the United States after the Texas Revolution and the Mexican American War. As a result, Paredes' novel illustrates how the Texas Mexican's interpretation of the Revolution is forged by their community's collective memory of past injustices, including questions of land, legitimacy, and racism. Furthermore, the novel depicts how these frustrations continue after the Revolution and reflect the community's conflicted national loyalties and dual identities. Finally, the novel traces the trajectory of the resistance to these frustrations, beginning with violent seditionist raids and ending with the political discourse which will serve as a launching point for future Chicano ideology.
American literature; Hispanic Americans; Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Americo Paredes