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Interpreting the Evidence

Children, Jalapa, Mexico, 1925

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Era:

    Turn of the Century and WWI (1890 - 1930)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    Global History and Geography

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  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
A group of children stand around a doorway in the city of Jalapa (or Xalapa), Mexico, in 1925.
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.
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.