A Reader Reports What Mexicans Learn In School About The Mexican-American War
February 08, 2006, 04:00 AM
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From: Frank Kurucz: [e-mail him] 

Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column: Enough Already About the Mexican-American War   

I am not at all surprised that Joe Guzzardi`s student "Gustava" dwells on the alleged theft of Mexican territory by the US. I lived in Mexico in the 1970s and attended elementary and middle school in Mexico during that time. 

The reason for Gustava`s attitude is that she was taught (as all Mexican school children are) that the US stole the southwest from Mexico. This so-called fact is hammered in repeatedly during elementary and secondary school. 

Still, there is irony. A joke that I heard more than once in Mexico goes: "What was Santa Anna`s biggest mistake?"  Answer:  "He gave only half of Mexico to the US". Needless to say, this joke isn`t funny if a gringo tells it.

Joe Guzzardi writes: Allan Wall, our VDARE.COM Mexico-based editor confirms this. In an e-mail to me, Allan wrote, "My observation is that, while most Mexicans have a poor grasp of Mexican history, that`s one historical event they do know about."