Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_6125-P_B1_155
Photograph of side-by-side roadside employment signs in Spanish and English, 1938.
What kind of work does this sign advertise?
What are the benefits that are offered with the jobs?
Are families accepted? What is your evidence?
Where would workers live?
Why would information about wages be left off the sign?
Do farm workers need transportation? Why or why not?
Why do you think this sign is in both English and Spanish?
What periods of time in U.S. history were Mexican workers used for harvesting cotton? In what states did they farm? How many workers became citizens? How many were sent home?
Compare the need for Mexican workers in the past with the controversy today over Mexican immigration, both legal and illegal.
English Language Arts: Write a classified ad for the local newspaper advertising this job.
Science: What climatic conditions does cotton need to grow? Where in the world can these conditions be found?
English as a Second Language/Spanish: Translate the Spanish sign into English and the English sign into Spanish. Why aren’t the two signs identical? Explain what differences exist between them.
Foreign Language: Translate the English sign into another language.
Art: Imagine that the people who see this sign have many similar jobs to choose from––so add to the sign and make it colorful and attractive to “beat out” the competition for laborers.