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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising


by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising Society and Class Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #10

"In Mexico, I was a second-class citizen. I stood on the other side of the river, remember? And I would have stayed that way my entire life. At least here, I have a chance, however small, to become more than I was." (13.48)

Despite all of the racial prejudice that Miguel encounters in the United States, he still believes he has more of a chance to change his life here than he did in Mexico. What keeps him going?

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