History of the Mexican Americans in Los Angeles
Mexican Americans have lived in Los Angeles since the original Pobladores, the 44 original settlers and 4 soldiers who founded the city in 1781. People of Mexican descent make up 31.9% of Los Angeles residents, and 32% of Los Angeles County residents.
Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles Asistencia was founded in early 1784 within the burgeoning Pueblo de Los Ángeles as an asistencia (or "sub-mission") to the nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. The assistant mission fell into disuse over time and a Catholic chapel, La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles, was constructed in its place a mere thirty years later.
The city has witnessed a development of a Hispanic (mainly Mexican) cultural presence since its settlement as a city in 1769. Mexican-Americans have been one of the largest ethnic groups in Los Angeles since the 1910 census, as Mexican immigrants and US-born Mexicans from the Southwest states came to the booming industrial economy of the LA area between 1915 and 1960. This migration peaked in the 1920s and again in the World War II era (1941–45).
The city's original barrios were located in the eastern half of the city and the unincorporated community of East Los Angeles. The trend of Hispanization began in 1970, then accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s with immigration from Mexico and Central America (especially El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala). These immigrants settled in the city's eastern and southern neighborhoods. By 2000, South Los Angeles was a majority Latino area, displacing most previous African-American and Asian-American residents. The city is often said to have the largest Mexican population outside Mexico and has the largest Spanish-speaking population outside Latin America or Spain. As of 2007, estimates of the number of residents originally from the Mexican state of Oaxaca ranged from 50,000 to 250,000.
As of 2010, about 2.5 million residents of the Greater Los Angeles area are of Mexican American origin/heritage.
There's a shift of second and third generation Mexican-Americans out of Los Angeles into nearby suburbs, such as Ventura County, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire, California region. Mexican and other Hispanic immigrants moved in East and South sections of L.A. and sometimes, Asian immigrants moved into historic barrios to become mostly Asian-American areas. Starting in the late 1980s, Downey has become a renowned Latino majority community in Southern California, and the majority of residents moved in were middle or upper-middle class, and second and third generation Mexican-Americans.  The Mexican population is increasing in the Antelope Valley such as Palmdale.
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Mexican Americans from Los Angeles have celebrated the Cinco de Mayo holiday since the 1860s. They, along with other Spanish-speaking peoples, celebrate the Day of the Three Wise Kings as a gift giving holiday.
Another holiday that they celebrate would be Dia de Los Muetros (the day of the dead), which typically lasts 3 days.
Zoot suits were a staple of Mexican-American attire in the 1940s and represented rebelling against the injustices of society.
Plaza Mexico is located in Lynwood.
Another great film that portrays the life of a Mexican-American in Los Angeles is Stand and Deliver, which demonstrates the life of Mexican-American high school students and how they get through their academic struggles, with the help of their teacher, Jaime Escalente (Edward James Olmos).
Notable Mexican Americans from Los AngelesEdit
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- Constance Marie (actress)
- Rodolfo Acuña (scholar)
- Gustavo Arellano (publisher of the OC Weekly)
- Bobby Chacon (boxer, hall of fame member)
- Rene Enriquez (mobster)
- Tom Fears (NFL player, hall of fame member)
- William A. Fraker (cinematographer, six-time Oscar nominee)
- Guy Gabaldon (U.S. Marine, WWII hero)
- Eric Garcetti (politician, Mayor of Los Angeles)
- John Gavin (actor)
- Eduardo C. Gomez (U.S. Army, Medal of Honor recipient)
- David M. Gonzales (U.S. Army, Medal of Honor recipient)
- Pancho Gonzales (tennis legend)
- Genaro Hernández (boxer, world champion)
- Oscar de la Hoya (boxer, hall of fame member)
- Rebbeca Marie Gomez a.k.a. Becky G (actress)
- Emile Kuri (film set decorator, Oscar winner)
- Los Lobos (rock band)
- George Lopez (actor, comedian)
- Cheech Marin (actor)
- Miguel (singer)
- Yvette Mimieux (actress)
- Ricardo Montalban (actor)
- Edward James Olmos (actor)
- Anthony Quinn (actor, two-time Oscar winner)
- Efren Ramirez (actor)
- Richard Ramirez (serial killer)
- Teresa Ruiz (actress)
- Zack de la Rocha (lead vocalist of the rock band Rage Against the Machine)
- Andy Russell (singer)
- Rubén Salazar (journalist)
- María Elena Salinas (journalist)
- Lupita Tovar (actress)
- Danny Trejo (actor)
- Ritchie Valens (singer and recording artist)
- Tiburcio Vásquez (bandit, folk hero to some)
- Antonio Villaraigosa (politician, Mayor of Los Angeles)
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- East Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Plaza
- Olvera Street
- El Mercado de Los Angeles
- Whittier Boulevard
- Siege of Los Angeles
- Botiller v. Dominguez
- Battle of Chavez Ravine
- Sleepy Lagoon murder
- Zoot Suit Riots
- East L.A. walkouts
- Chicano Moratorium
- Zoot Suit (play)
- Asco (art collective)
- Self Help Graphics & Art community center
- East Los Streetscapers Public Art Studios
- Social and Public Art Resource Center
- Los Four artist collective
- Brown Berets
- Mexican Mafia
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- The Shifting Demographics of Antelope Valley — And Development's Consequences
- Kim, Ann L. "Armenians Won't Rush Christmas." Los Angeles Times. January 6, 2000. Retrieved on July 2, 2014. "Meantime, children in Mexico and many Latin American countries today celebrate El Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos, or the Day of the Three Wise Kings. Families distribute gifts to commemorate the day that the three wise men brought gifts to the newborn Christ child. Christmas Eve is usually reserved for the religious celebration of the birth of Christ."
- Escobedo, Elizabeth Rachel. "From Coveralls to Zoot Suits : The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front" The University of North Carolina, 2013. 70. Online.
- Simonett, Helena. "The Quebradita Dance Craze" (Chapter 2). In: Simonett, Helena. Banda: Mexican Musical Life Across Borders. Wesleyan University Press, January 30, 2001. ISBN 0819564303, 9780819564306. p. 52.