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A Young American Decides to Fight Fascism in Spain

Large numbers of American college students expressed increasing activism against war in the early 1930s, connecting international war with issues like labor, minority rights, and economic injustice at home. The rise of fascism in Europe, however, [...]

A Bracero Enters the United States

In this oral history Alvaro Hernández describes how he entered the United States, first as an illegal worker and then as a bracero. Mr. Hernández was born in Jilemes, Chihuahua, Mexico. His father was an agricultural worker and his [...]

A Bracero Is Disenchanted With the United States

Despite rumors that braceros would be sent off to fight in World War II, Manuel Sandoval Espino joined the bracero program in 1943. He recalls having to go to the local politician in order to get a pass to join. Mr. Sandoval worked in Kansas as a [...]

A Bracero Protests Low Pay and Discrimination

Although he had received a rare scholarship to attend middle school, Andrés Héctor Quezada Lara dropped out to become a bracero. His work took him to many places in the United States, including South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, [...]

A Bracero Remembers Working Near Chicago

Having heard about successful braceros, Salvador Esparza Carreño decided to enlist in the bracero program in 1945. He worked as a railroad worker, in the fields cutting asparagus, and as a camp cook. He describes his work and leisure time in [...]

Attitudes about the New Deal graphic organizer

Use this graphic organizer to help students chart how people's attitudes towards the federal government changed because of the New Deal. This worksheet is part of the activity "A "Great Cause for Better Citizens"? Attitudes towards the New Deal."

Civilian Conservation Corps presentation

This short presentation includes background information about FDR's "Tree Army," a link to a video about young men in the CCC, and instructions for the activity outlined in "FDR's Tree Army: Personal Turning Points in the CCC."

The Bracero Program, 1941-1945 presentation

This presentation outlines the goals of the Bracero Program, the people who joined, and the results of the program during World War II. It also includes instructions for the corrido-writing activity outlined in "Nos creemos Americanos: Braceros in [...]

African Americans Workers and Conflict on the Homefront worksheet

This worksheet helps students analyze three primary sources as part of the activity "African American Workers: Conflict on the Homefront."

Active Viewing Worksheets for The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

This viewing guide and associated activities will help students analyze propaganda images of women workers during World War II and compare them with the real experiences of women. The instructions for using the film and viewing guide can be found [...]

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