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In the U.S. the word machismo often connotes forceful, even aggressive behavior. Elsewhere, some see its meaning as the basic ability to take care of one’s self, to endure difficult times, and to build a family foundation. Machismo is a code that embraces self-mastery, courage, consistency, fair dealings and personal honesty. John achieved machismo, a mark of maturity, through his commitment to family, success in achieving goals despite adverse conditions, and pride in his Mexican heritage…
Oral History, Stockton - CA, California, Mexican American, History
Kim, George. "Sosa Family: John J. Arguelles (Youth)". (2005). STOCKTONSpeaks! Mexican American Stories. Oral History 3.
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