Essay about Academic Merit Mexican Cession

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The most important long-term consequences of the Mexican Cession was Mexican loss of Social status, property ownership, and lack of political power. The Mexican Cession was supposed to be good for the Mexican Americans because the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo promised them equal rights but that was not how it turned out for them. The Mexican Americans or, Californios as they were called in California, were being severely discriminated upon. There were at the bottom of the food chain or social rank in the US. The Anglo settlers (Americans who had moved to the west) felt insecure as the minority in the new US "The Anglo settlers most likely felt insecure as a minority and so they, the conquerors, set out to subdue the conquered"(Document E). They still can be considered at the bottom of the social structure in many US states because of this occurrence in the 1800s. Also, they were basically stripped of their property rights. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo states "shall be maintained and protected in the free enjoyment of their liberty and property"(Document B). It was not as easy as it sounded for them to gain property. Everyone wanted their land and it even was said that their land was taken from them that they had been living on as a Mexican citizen " Their land was taken from them"(Document E). This lead to the long-term consequence of not having land. Finally, the newly born Mexican American population was going to have a hard time gaining political power. It was