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Children, Jalapa, Mexico, 1925

Mexico.  Typical Group of Children about Doorway. Jalapa.  (1925)
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_13340
Document Description
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.
Historical Challenges
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?
Interdisciplinary Connections
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.
Goodwin, William. Mexico (Modern Nations of the World). San Diego: Lucent, 1999.
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.

Historical Context
In Mexico, large families were long thought of as a blessing.  However, the high birth rate and falling infant mortality rate in the 1900s led to a population explosion that has created many challenges for Mexico today.
Essential Question
How does geography influence culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the role of geography in the development of culture and economy.