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Living on a Cotton Farm: Mexican American Life in Texas

workers in the Osborn field
Family members work the fields in front of the Osborn tenant house in this early twentieth century scene. Image adapted from drawing by Eloy G. Zapata.

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Lesson Plans for the T.C. Osborn Tenant Farm Site

This five-day unit plan contains bilingual lessons about twentieth century Mexican-American cotton farming experiences. Topics cover immigration, the twentieth century economy, sharecropping, farm houses, and children's activities. Among the several skills covered are map making and graphing, and handouts and overhead images are provided. Teachers have the permission of TBH also to print out any of the images from the Osborn exhibit for classroom use (note: if printing the entire page, set paper orientation to landscape).

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