Hispanic Americans in Congress During the Age of U.S. Colonialism and Global Expansion, 1898–1945

This Hispanic Americans in Congress During the Age of U.S. Colonialism and Global Expansion, 1898–1945 lesson plan also includes:

To be Puerto Rican, in the words of one politician, is to be "foreign in a domestic sense." Young historians consider the American role in colonialism and its impacts on Hispanic Americans through the first part of the twentieth century by examining the lives of Hispanic members of Congress. The interesting lesson includes a reading, discussion and comprehension questions, and a list of collaborative and independent activities. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a museum exhibit for a Hispanic Congressional representative
  • Role play what it would be like to represent Puerto Rico in American government 
Classroom Considerations
  • Second installment in a four-part unit on Hispanic Americans in Congress 
Pros
  • Lesson offers a critical lens on American foreign policy
  • Activities are easily adapted into a variety of lesson plans
Cons
  • None