Miguel Levario Addresses Impact of Plan de San Diego on Race Relations | #Xicanism #Tejano #history #decolonize

The Plan de San Diego of 1915 is arguably the most controversial document in Texas history since the call to arms for the Texas rebellion of 1836. The Plan was a visionary manifesto that sought retribution for the atrocities committed by the dominant society and the Texas Rangers since the outbreak of the Texan rebellion. El Plan de San Diego did not materialize as it intended; however, its legacy endures.

The Plan de San Diego emerged out of a time of great upheaval caused by the Mexican Revolution and demographic shift along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. During the ten-year revolution, Mexican migration contributed exponentially to the population growth of cities and counties along the Texas-Mexico boundary. For instance, the ethnic Mexican population in El Paso alone nearly doubled by 1916 and outnumbered the Anglo population.[1]

The “mexicanization” of the Texas-Mexico borderlands and other parts of the state affected racial demographics and sowed hostility between Anglos and ethnic Mexicans throughout Texas. In Val Verde County, just east of Big Bend and along the Texas-Mexico border, citizens wrote to then governor Oscar B. Colquitt calling for Texas Rangers and permission to raise a civilian home guard because they…

via Guest Blogger Miguel Levario Addresses Impact of Plan de San Diego on Race Relations | Refusing to Forget.

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