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Esperanza Rising

Background information for 5th graders reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Monica Bildner

on 19 March 2012

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Transcript of Esperanza Rising

Mexico The Mexican Revolution In 1910, tired of the increasing wealth of the upper class
and dependence on foreign firms for investment in Mexico, Franciso I. Madero began the Mexican revolution against president Porfirio Díaz. The next ten years were spent in warfare, upheaval, and many changes in government. The revolution is generally considered to have ended around 1920. However, coup attempts and uprisings continued, as well as persecution of the Catholic Church until 1929. California After the stock market crash of 1929, many farmers
in the midwest were financially bankrupt. In addition,
overuse of the land, caused the soil to become depleted
and the crops to wither away leading to soil erosion.
This situation created what is known as the "Dust Bowl".
Hoping to find farm work many families picked up and
moved to California where there were long growing
seasons and many different crops. The families from the
US were known as Okies, since over 20% of the families
came from Oklahoma. The Okies mixed with the already
established migrant workers from Mexico and California
that moved from farm to farm, season to season, planting
and harvesting. Valley Fever The disease Coccidioidomycosis, also called Valley Fever is common to California, but not to the part of Mexico Esperanza and her mother are from. It is in an infection caused by fungus in the soil and is breathed in when working in the soil. Most people don't even know they've been infected. However, some people are more susceptible to it; including older people and those of hispanic heritage. About 30% of people get a more severe form that causes aches, pains, breathing problems and many other difficulties.
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