Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Hispanic Studies

Reader 1

Marina Perez de Mendiola

Reader 2

Gabriela Bacsan

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This thesis uses in-depth analysis of historical Los Angeles Times articles to trace the changing representations of the Latino community in the media. Focusing on themes of patriotism and citizenship, this thesis draws out the subtleties of syntax and semantics that silently influence public opinion. The Zoot Suit Riots and the Chicano Moratorium serve as the main historical backdrop, leading to a concluding exploration of Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric surrounding immigration and the Latino community.