Celebrating Mexico with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

The first printing press in the New World…The only existing copy of a documentary on the Mexican Revolution…A legal argument that used drawings of turkeys–and that won its case. These are just a few of the rich cultural artifacts featured in “A Celebration of Mexico,” a conference and display December 12-13 at the Library of Congress.

CelebrationOfMexicoOne out of every ten people in the United States has Mexican ancestry, and the people and culture of Mexico have made major contributions to the fabric of everyday life in the U.S. and across the Americas.

Teachers and students everywhere can explore several compelling aspects of Mexico’s cultural heritage through a new series of videos by Library of Congress curators. These experts highlight a number of the Library’s most treasured artifacts, and provide historical insights that can guide students’ own exploration of historical primary sources.

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The Oztoticpac lands map. 1540.

In this video, the Library’s John Hessler delves into a historic–and amazingly detailed–Aztec map.

“A Celebration of Mexico” also includes interviews with authors of Mexican descent, as well as an ongoing podcast series.

Explore even more Library of Congress primary sources from Mexico, as well as aspects of the Mexican American experience, with these teacher resources from the Library:

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