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Immigration identity and esperanza rising

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ELA Middle School Medium ELL

U.S. Apologizes for Deportation of Mexican Americans in the 1930s

Pam Munoz Ryan’s novel “Esperanza Rising” tells the story of a family who leaves a life of privilege in Mexico for a migrant worker camp in California. Historical events, like the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression and the 1930s Mexican Repatriation Program, serve as the basis for this moving story of migration, personal growth and the American Dream.

Immigration Fiction Narrative Great Depression

Story Length: 4:24

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AIR DATE: 01/02/2006

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