Anti-Americanism is returning to Mexico. Since his campaign-igniting “murderers and rapists” speech of 2015, Donald Trump has been unrivaled as the "American whom Mexicans love to hate," and opinion polls show his presidency has begun to impact overall perceptions of the United States in Mexico.
In this talk, Andrew Paxman explores the evolution of “gringophobia” since the Mexican-American War of the 1840s, in part through the story of U.S. expatriate industrialist William Jenkins, who was an object of politcized anti-American rhetoric from the 1910 Revolution to the 1960s. He explores the likelihood that this kind of rhetoric may play in next year’s Mexican presidential election, especially given the nationalist-populist tendencies of frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
A historian and biographer, Paxman teaches history and journalism at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico.
Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.
Friday, October 13 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sid Richardson Hall (SRH), 1.313, Hackett Room
2300 RED RIVER ST., Austin, Texas 78712