Like the U.S.-China Relations HAT, this assessment measures students' ability to contextualize and periodize two historical documents by placing them on a timeline. The first document is a 1942 letter from the U.S. secretary of state to the American ambassador in Mexico, and the second is an excerpt from a newspaper published in Brownsville, Texas, in 1931. This HAT draws on students' historical knowledge, but in a way that requires more than the simple recall of information. Students must understand how and why the United States' policies on Mexican migration changed from the Great Depression to World War II and use their understanding to place historical sources in time.
U.S. Policies on Mexican Migration
US Policies Mexican Migration Assessment
U.S. Policies on Mexican Migration Rubric
Letter from the U.S. Secretary of State to the American Ambassador in Mexico - National Archives
The Brownsville Herald - Library of Congress