Social Studies

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Maquilapolis: Examining Incentives in a Market Economy

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This clip shows Mexican women working under challenging conditions at massive factories just over the U.S.-Mexico border that are owned by some of the world's biggest corporations.

Made in L.A.: Examine Labor Practices in the Garment Industry

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This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the film Made in L.A., a film that follows the struggle of three Latina immigrants working for fair labor conditions in Los Angeles's garment factories. Note: This film has bilingual subtitles throughout and is fully accessible to English and Spanish speakers. This lesson compares current conditions in the garment industry with those at the turn of the 20th century.

Prison Town, USA: Economic Decision Making

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This lesson plan is designed to be used in conjunction with the film Prison Town, USA, which tells the story of a small town (Susanville, California) that tries to resuscitate its economy by hosting a prison. This lesson explores factors that influence economic decision making at both the individual and community levels.