New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_13340
A group of children stand around a doorway in the city of Jalapa (or Xalapa), Mexico, in 1925.
How old do you think the children are in the photograph?
Do you think they are friends or brothers and sisters?
One of the boys has something in his hand. What is it?
What kind of building do you think the children are standing next to? Does it look like a nice place?
Compare the clothing of the children in this photograph to the clothing of American children in 1925.
Research the state of education and child labor in Mexico in 1925. Was it more likely that these children went to school or had jobs? Explain your answer. What laws did the United States have about education and child labor in 1925?
Math: What is the ratio of boys to girls in this photograph?
English Language Arts: Pretend you are one of these children. Write a journal entry describing what a day might be like for a child in Jalapa, Mexico, in 1925.
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Heinrichs, Ann. Mexico (A True Book). Danbury: Children's Press, 1997.
Jermyn, Leslie, and Mary-Jo Reilly. Mexico (Cultures of the World). New York: Benchmark, 2002.