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Cinco de Mayo a Mexican import? No, it's as American as July 4, prof says
CNN ^ | 5 may 2012 | Michael Martinez,

Posted on 05/05/2012 8:45:52 AM PDT by mandaladon

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Cinco de Mayo -- the unofficial U.S. holiday long believed to have been imported, with celebratory beer, from Mexico -- isn't a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in the West during the Civil War, according to new research by a California professor.

Conventional thinking has held that the holiday -- now a commercial juggernaut -- may have grown out of the mass migrations from the bloody Mexican Revolution of the 1910s or even during Chicano Power activism of the 1960s, University of California at Los Angeles Professor David Hayes-Bautista said.

But on the 150th anniversary of the holiday, Hayes-Bautista is announcing that he happened upon the true origins of Cinco de Mayo -- the 5th of May -- after poring over Spanish-language newspapers in California from the mid-1800s while working on another research project.

Cinco de Mayo does indeed mark a Mexican military victory over the invading French army on May 5, 1862, but it's celebrated more in the United States because in 1862, U.S. Latinos of Mexican heritage parlayed the victory as a rallying cry that the Union could also win the Civil War.

That's because the French sympathized with the Confederacy, and Hispanics sided with the Union in its fight against slavery and elitism, Hayes-Bautista said. France sought to impose a monarchy over democratic Mexico while U.S. foreign power weakened during the War Between the States.

Hayes-Bautista, a UCLA professor of medicine whose family lore holds his great-great grandfather fought in the famous Cinco de Mayo battle, has just published a new book on the discovery, "El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition," which one historian also at UCLA describes as "of great significance."

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"But if you ask why is anyone celebrating, no one knows. And then you get some people who say it shouldn't be celebrated at all because it's a foreign holiday -- and yet it's as American a holiday as the Fourth of July," he said...........................Can you guess this clown professor is a liberal?
1 posted on 05/05/2012 8:46:00 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Do they celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico?


2 posted on 05/05/2012 8:48:13 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon

Cinco de Mayo, Reconquista, latin purity, blah blah blah....for all the blathering about retaking what was theirs, maintaining identity, etc., it is ironic that the proponents no longer speak the language of their ancient forefathers, but speak Spanish, highly mutated by Spanglish influences....from their less-ancient ‘forefathers’ that conquered them. George Lopez can suck it.


3 posted on 05/05/2012 8:49:33 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: mandaladon

How nice! Giving illegals that are sucking the life out of this country a day to celebrate. S/

Let’s just rename it Progressive Vote Pandering de Mayo and be done with it.


4 posted on 05/05/2012 8:50:45 AM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: mandaladon
and yet it's as American a holiday as the Fourth of July
Suuuure it is, just like Kwanzaa.
5 posted on 05/05/2012 8:51:36 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mandaladon

Because of the war in 1861, the United States was not in a position to enforce the Monroe Doctrine against French imperial designs.


6 posted on 05/05/2012 8:58:03 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: oh8eleven
I'm 70....Never heard of or paid attention it until maybe 5 years ago...just like Kwanzaa..

Annoying to say the least. Sure are a lot of lies in the history books nowadays.

7 posted on 05/05/2012 8:58:43 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: mandaladon
Cinco de Mayo a Mexican import?
No, it's as American as July 4, prof says

The fifth of May is Karl Marx's Birthday !!!

Cinco de Mayo was created in the US by Marxists.


8 posted on 05/05/2012 8:58:44 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: mandaladon

bttt


9 posted on 05/05/2012 9:01:27 AM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: mandaladon

Or, as our astute President said, Cinco de Cuatro...my preference is for Siete de Nueve, though.

(post photo here if I could)


10 posted on 05/05/2012 9:03:02 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: mandaladon
Do they celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico?

Strangely enough, July 4th is a big moneymaker for a few cities in south of the border. Cinco de Mayo might as well be the equivalent of Presidents' Day in Mexico. No one really cares.
11 posted on 05/05/2012 9:04:10 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: reg45

Hey, the guy who led Mexican Forces against the French was a TEXAN, born right there in Goliad, Texas...The only American Born Citizen to have his picture on a 500 dollar peso bill. It’s all about Texas! They are proud of Ignacio Zaragoza. NOW can we celebrate?


12 posted on 05/05/2012 9:04:42 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: mandaladon

In fact, May 5th is a celebration marking the ongoing Mexican conquest of the American Southwest.


13 posted on 05/05/2012 9:05:28 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Sacajaweau
I'm 70....Never heard of or paid attention it until maybe 5 years ago...just like Kwanzaa..

Same here at 68. Hey, any excuse for a party!

14 posted on 05/05/2012 9:05:28 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: mandaladon

Cinco de Mayo is like Obama’s girlfriend in his faux-autobiographies: Fabricated.


15 posted on 05/05/2012 9:06:15 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
The fifth of May is Karl Marx's Birthday !!!
The original Earth Day, April 22, was Lenin's 100th birthday.
But I'm suuuuure all of this is just a coincidence.
16 posted on 05/05/2012 9:06:37 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mandaladon

That professor is a typical leftist idiot. Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16th, their independence from Spain. Every Mexican I know here or have met down there, knows that. Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday, not even considered important. But leave it up to the Gringo’s marketing genius to find another reason to get stupid Americans into an ethic restaurant American owned most likely) and drink Mexican beer and tequila. Duh.


17 posted on 05/05/2012 9:07:11 AM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: Sacajaweau

Not only did Benito Juarez conquer the FRENCH, he withstood the Power of the Papacy... Mexican’s don’t like to remember this. GOD HIMSELF HELPED BENITO JUAREZ THAT DAY, dear ole Porfirio Diaz got delayed in Atlixtco, and God sent RAIN in torrential ways to cause the French much havoc in their ability to array the battle. GOD SAVED MEXICO ON CINCO DE MAYO from the FRENCH and from THE PAPACY.. Their Constutitional Gov’t surviced thanks to an Indian Zapotec and a Texan born near Seguin. Let’s Celebrate.


18 posted on 05/05/2012 9:07:40 AM PDT by rovenstinez (u)
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To: mandaladon

Cinco de Mayo ass.


19 posted on 05/05/2012 9:08:16 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: mandaladon
Do they celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico?

Exactly. Cinco de Mayo is nothing more than one more reason to go out and get drunk here in the US.

I'll start celebrating Cinco de Mayo here when they start celebrating Quatro de Julio there.

20 posted on 05/05/2012 9:08:42 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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