What It Means to Be American
A National Conversation

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Taos Center for the Arts

Massachusetts and Virginia became American states after colonists repelled an imperial power. But the area now known as New Mexico joined the Union when it was conquered by the U.S. Army. The U.S. incorporated the land after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, but its inhabitants weren’t automatically U.S. citizens; their status became the subject of negotiations and controversies over who could remain and who would be considered American. What did this history portend for Hispanos, Native Americans, and other New …

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