Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads involves students in Mexico's wrenching economic and cultural transformation. The unit probes Mexico's complex identity and history and brings students face-to-face with the difficult policy choices confronting the people of Mexico today.
Online Resources from the Choices Program
Maps of Mexico
This PowerPoint is for use with the lesson “Political Geography of North America.” It contains maps of North America in 1713, 1832, and today. There is also a map of contemporary Mexico.
PowerPoint of Murals
This PowerPoint is for use with the lesson “Expressing Political Views through Art.”
Al Jazeera: Mexico Outrage
This site provides coverage of the the issues around the disappearance of forty-three students in Guerrero state and other news from Mexico.
BBC country profile on Mexico
This site includes an overview of Mexico's history and major issues in Mexico today.
Chiapas and the Zapatista rebellion
This site provides translations of major EZLN letters, declarations, speeches, and interviews, as well as a detailed overview of the Zapatistas and a chronology of events in Chiapas.
Global Voices Online: Mexico
This site provides reporting on a compilation of blogs, images, videos, and other forms of citizen media created by Mexicans.
Mexico’s official presidential webpage
Most of this site is in Spanish, although some can be translated to English.
New York Times page on Mexico
This site includes current articles, links to other important websites, and a timeline of coverage on Mexico.
Official site of the Zapatista army
The text of the site is in Spanish, but some English translations are available.
PBS: U.S.-Mexican War
This site includes interactive timelines and maps, primary sources, and video and audio clips associated with PBS's program on the Mexican-American War.
Vision of Humanity: Mexico
This site focuses on peace research, with interactive maps, reports and statistics, and the latest news and videos pertaining to peace.
del Castillo, Bernal Diaz. The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico, 1517-1521, trans. A.P. Maudslay (New York: Da Capo Press, 1996) 454 pages.
Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2001). 321 pages.
Hellman, Judith Adler. Mexican Lives (New York: The New Press, 1994). 244 pages.
Lockhart, James, trans. and ed. We People Here: Nahuatl Accounts of the Conquest of Mexico (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993). 297 pages.
Myer, Michael C. and William H. Beezley, eds. The Oxford History of Mexico (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). 670 pages.
Meyer, Michael C., William L. Sherman, and Susan M. Deeds. The Course of Mexican History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999). 703 pages.
Mills, Kenneth and William B. Taylor. Colonial Spanish America: A Document History (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1998). 346 pages.
Oppenheimer, Andres. Bordering on Chaos: Mexico’s Roller-Coaster Journey to Prosperity (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998). 379 pages.
Poniatowska, Elena. Massacre in Mexico, trans. Helen R. Lane (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1975). 333 pages.
Poniatowska, Elena. Nothing, Nobody: The Voices of the Mexico City Earthquake, trans. Aurora Camacho de Schmidt and Arthur Schmidt (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995). 317 pages.
Rodriguez O., Jaime E. and Kathryn Vincent, eds. Myths, Misdeeds, and Misunderstandings: The Roots of Conflict in U.S.-Mexican Relations (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, Inc. 1997). 250 pages.
Womack, John, ed. Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Reader (New York: New Press, 1999). 372 pages.