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Verified Purchase. Sandra Cisneros writes about her experiences when her family moved to a house of their own on Mango street. She writes about the neighbors, the sights and sounds of the street and the relationships she has with the people on Mango Street. How she developed relationships with the people and what the experiences she had as a teenage girl were.
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Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Though she spent her childhood cramped in apartments much too small for her large family, she often felt alone. Her brothers paired themselves off, she says, thus leaving her the odd-woman-out forever.
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Cisneros was never in one place long enough to develop true friendships with other children her age. Cisneros found refuge from her loneliness in reading. Books became her best friend, and she buried herself in them. It was not long before Cisneros began to compose stories in her head, forming narratives out of the daily events of her life. Fortunately for Cisneros, her mother, a Chicana Mexican-American , supported her desire to read.
She excused Cisneros from cooking, cleaning, and babysitting so Cisneros could study and read. Growing up in a family full of men and in the barrios , Cisneros was well aware of the patriarchal structure of the Chicano society, which denied women equality at every level. As a teen she determined to fight this machismo the Latin American term for male chauvinism and to move from the ranks of the powerless to the powerful. But it was through writing that she felt most able to help herself and other women. In grade school Cisneros began recording her stories in a spiral notebook that she never showed to anyone.
In her junior year at Loyola University of Chicago, where she received a B. After thinking about what it was that made her different from her classmates, she realized that her impoverished childhood and the characters that populated her past were worthy of writing about because they were different from the mainstream, different from the norm that radiated from television sets across the nation.
After Iowa, Cisneros returned to the barrios to teach highschool dropouts. Both of these experiences were important in her development as a Chicana feminist and writer. The stories she heard from these students from the barrios were much like her own, and she realized there was a vast population of the powerless that she needed to address and whose stories needed to be told.
Although she has not stopped writing, she has been teaching for the past several years as a guest writer at universities across the country.
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It is no wonder that Cisneros, a woman of Mexican-American heritage, is obsessed with writing about the powerless. The history of Mexican-Americans is filled with conquests and inequalities—as is the history of women. Although the Spanish were first to conquer the so-called New World, it was not long before those who had settled on the land found themselves in turn being conquered.
In , Mexico plunged into a depression, sending a wave of new immigrants over the border. This wave was soon followed by another, in , when revolutionary forces began a ten-year civil struggle in Mexico. In fact, according to historian Earl Shorris, between and alone more than a million Mexican immigrants came to the United States.
But the country they came to did not always welcome them with open arms. Instead, many immigrants faced flagrant discrimination and were often denied their basic civil and human rights. Mexican and Mexican-American laborers were frequently exploited for cheap labor, especially on farms in California and elsewhere in the Southwest.
In the s, when the United States faced a depression of its own and jobs were scarce, Americans demanded that these immigrants be repatriated—that is, sent back to Mexico. Despite the clear violation of civil liberties, government agencies deported approximately half a million Mexican-Americans during this decade. In the s through the s—especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War—the United States and Mexican governments set up programs that allowed braceros , or hired hands, temporary employment in the United States.
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