Based on your understanding of Dr. Munoz's lecture on the Great Depression,
lets consider how some of the ideas and background she provided relate to Sal Castro's life. (They do, TRUST ME.)
How did African Americans and poor/struggling whites/Euro Americans experience the
Great Depression? There was a huge wage gap- whites and African Americans- white men and African American specifically, they earned 27 cents for every 1.00 a white man would earn. AA's were already in a Great Depression- it was only when middle and upper class white ppl were affected - it became "Great"
Families- all members had to work - the Dust Bowl creates that migration - California; viewed as failures can't sustain themselves- "Okies" "Arkies"-hard working ppl who couldn't sustain themselves- they were "ideal American" - no relief.
How does their race or class affect their experience?
How does the Mexican American and Mexican immigrant experience differ?
In regards to education, Mexican Immigrant children had a higher chance of completing school and moving onto higher education because they already had a strong sense of their identity, VS Mexican American Immigrants who's Hispanic identity seemed to be suppressed in the American School system. In American schools foreign language such as Spanish was taught as a negative thing, and the students would give off the impression that they did not seem to care about school just because their heritage and identity was being suppressed
How does the context(background) on the Great Depression affect Castro's life?
During the Great Depression with the American people blaming Mexicans for the Depression, many were deported, including Castro's father. During the depression many generational norms were breached. Therefore Castro spent a majority of his childhood working. Due to the lack of jobs and wealth Castro was not able to attend Loyola High School.
What happens in his personal life?
Forced deportations of Mexicans - Father was deported in 1935. Sweeps for deportation happened in major cities, 1930-1935.