Since the annexation of Texas, the United States has used its complex of superiority to foster a negative, false, and complicated relationship with their southern neighbor, Mexico. Society, media, and historical events have created a breeding ground for the people of the U.S. to look down upon those of Mexico. Through first-hand accounts, government speeches, newspapers and secondary sources, the story of how the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico became known for its negativity can be pieced together. My analysis uses information from the media, immigrant accounts, and official documents to offer a complete, in-depth look into how the U.S. and Mexico have interacted with each other over the course of their history together. The topic of the perception of Mexico within the U.S. is important to understand because much of it is built on falsehood. Events have easily been misinterpreted and facts have been politicized and polarized in the media; being able to see through sentiments built on the basis of over-exaggerating is necessary to understand the relationship the U.S. has with Mexico.
Highsmith, Carol. The U.S. Side of the Border Wall between the United States and Mexico in Douglas, a City on the Mexican Border in Southeastern Arizona. Photograph. LOC’s Public Domain Archive. Douglas, Arizona, January 1, 2018. https://loc.getarchive.net/media/the-us-side-of-a-border-wall-between-the-united-states-and-mexico-in-douglas-26272b.