Lesson Plans: Hispanic Americans in Congress

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Review a brief synopsis of Hispanic Americans who have served in Congress. Joseph Hernández, Romualdo Pacheco, and Henry González are a few of the Hispanic-American Members who made history in the House.

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Romualdo Pacheco of California/tiles/non-collection/p/pacheco_2004_97.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Romualdo Pacheco of California was the first Hispanic-American Representative to serve in Congress.
This page features materials designed to help teachers and students use the information presented in the Hispanic Americans in Congress publication in their classrooms. It includes lesson plans on the Hispanic pioneers who served on Capitol Hill from 1822 to 2012 based on the contextual essays from the Hispanic Americans in Congress book.

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan One: From Democracy's Borderlands: Hispanic Congressional Representation in the Era of U.S. Continental Expansion, 1822–1898 - Lesson Plan (PDF) / Essay

Lesson Plan Two:  “Foreign in a Domestic Sense:” Hispanic Americans in Congress During the Age of U.S. Colonialism and Global Expansion, 1898–1945 - Lesson Plan (PDF) / Essay

Lesson Plan Three: Separate Interests to National Agendas: Hispanic-American Members of Congress in the Civil Rights Era, 1945–1977 - Lesson Plan (PDF) / Essay

Lesson Plan Four: Strength in Numbers, Challenges in Diversity: Legislative Trends and Power Sharing Among Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1977–2012 - Lesson Plan (PDF) / Essay