The True Origins of Cinco de Mayo – A Repeat.
Why is Cinco de Mayo – a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862 – so widely celebrated in California and across the US, and not so much in Mexico? As scholar David Hayes-Bautista explains in his book “The Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition,” the holiday was originally created by Latinos in California in the mid-nineteenth century. It was fueled by a feeling of enthusiastic support for both the Union Army in the US Civil War against the Confederacy’s slave states, and for the resistance of the young Mexican Republic against the French invasion. Californios were united in their opposition to white supremacy in both the US and Mexico.
Guest: Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
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