Instructional Video

New Mexico and Las Gorras Blancas

Fence cutters, lost land, and cattle ranchers. The video explains the plight of Hispanic Americans when New Mexico became a state. The video also shows young historians why New Mexico's statehood was less violent than that of Texas.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create a Venn diagram comparing the differences between New Mexico and Texas statehood
  • Lead a group discussion during Hispanic Heritage Month on why Hispanic-Americans fought against White settlers
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free PBS account
  • The video uses primary sources in the form of images
  • Footage shows interviews of Hispanic-American families in New Mexico to give a better account of the events 
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