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Jovita Idar: Mexican American Activist and Journalist
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Portrait of Jovita Idar by artist Amelie Chabannes.

About This Lesson

Learn about Jovita Idar, a teacher, journalist, nurse, and civil rights activist who grew up in Texas and endeavored to expose segregation, lynching, and other injustices endured by Mexican Americans in the early 20th century, in this video from Unladylike2020.

At a time when signs announcing “No Negroes, Mexicans, or Dogs Allowed” were common in the Southwest, she helped to tackle racism, the need for bilingual education in schools, women’s rights, and protecting the lives and property of Mexican Americans. She used journalism as a form of activism to both mobilize and educate the public. She also formed and led one of the first organizations to support the rights of Mexican American women. Support materials include discussion questions, primary source analysis, and ideas for research projects.

Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.

UNLADYLIKE2020 is a production of Unladylike Productions in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters. UNLADYLIKE2020's collection of educational resources was created by The WNET Group’s Kids Media & Education Department with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Jovita Idar Lesson Plan.pdf

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Political Cartoon Analysis.pdf

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Jovita Idar_Folleto_Frontera México-Estados Unidos.docx

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Jovita Idar_Folleto_Análisis de caricaturas.docx

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Copy of Jovita Idar_Recursos Educativos.docx

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Jovita Idar: Mexican American Activist and Journalist | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS


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