Supplemental Materials

Caught Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

See This Page in Spanish

Caught 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 -- from a Mexican perspective -- to bring 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.

Graphic Organizers

Dangerous Music
This free Teaching with the News lesson helps students explore the effects of drug violence on Culiac, a city in northwestern Mexico, and on popular songs known as narcocorridos. The lesson is built around a video from Foreign Exchange and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Web Links

Global Voices Online: Mexico
This site provides reporting on a compilation of blogs, images, videos, and other forms of citizen media created by Mexicans.

U.S. Trade Representative's site on NAFTA
This site includes press releases, fact sheets, reports, and recent news on NAFTA.

PBS website
This site includes interactive timelines and maps, primary sources, and video and audio clips associated with its program on the Mexican-American War.

U.S. State Department information about Mexico

The PBS Newshour
This site providence coverage of Mexico’s 2006 elections, including links to articles and a political timeline from 1911 to 2006.

BBC country profile on Mexico
This site includes video and audio clips, photos, a timeline, political profiles, and current articles.

Official site of the Zapatista army
This website has great photos. The text of the site is in Spanish.

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.

Mexico’s official presidential webpage
Most of this site is in Spanish, although some can be translated to English.


del Castillo, Bernal Diaz and A.P. Maudslay (translator). The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico, 1517-1521 (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 (editor and translator). 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 (editors), The Oxford History of Mexico (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). 670 pages.

Meyer, Michael C. and 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 and Helen R. Lane (translator). Massacre in Mexico (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1975). 333pages.

Poniatowska, Elena and Aurora Camacho de Schmidt and Arthur Schmidt (translators). Nothing, Nobody: The Voices of the Mexico City Earthquake (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995). 317 pages.

Rodriguez O., Jaime E. and Kathryn Vincent (editors). 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.