California law seeks history of Mexican deportations in textbooks

Oct 4, 2015 by

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation encouraging that future history textbooks for public schools in California include a section on the 1930s deportation of more than 1 million U.S. citizens of Mexican descent.

“With our state being the home to so many successful Mexican Americans, our children and all Californians should be aware of the injustices that took place so long ago,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), author of the measure.

The idea for the bill was submitted by a fifth-grade class at Bell Gardens Elementary School, according to Garcia’s office, as part of her annual  “There Ought to Be a Law” contest.

“The students spoke about how difficult it was for them to find historic information on the Repatriation, but as they dug and learned more, the impacts of this tragic period affected them on a very personal level.” she said in a statement.

Source: California law seeks history of Mexican deportations in textbooks – LA Times

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