National Museum of American History Showcases “View From Up North: Americans Experience Mexico, circa 1890-1945”
The cases, which will be on view until Oct. 30, contain several examples from many different aspects of Mexican culture including dance, bullfighting, religion, traditional architecture and children’s toys. Visitors can view tickets from a bullfight and paper dolls that were inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor” policy, which sought out to improve relations with Mexico during World War II. Since many Americans learned about Mexico’s history and culture through published images, visitors can also see a number of photographs and postcards.
The display also showcases financial investments, economic opportunities and tourism in Mexico during the time. Visitors can get a sense of what business plans, brochures and tour guides looked like. It also touches on the Revolution of 1910-1920 with postcards and photographs depicting Mexican revolutionaries and “soldaderas,” a Spanish word used to refer to female soldiers.
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