Lesson Plan: Stealing Home

How Race Relations, Politics, and Baseball Transformed Chavez Ravine

Unit Overview:
Over the first six decades of the 20th century, federal, state, and city policies changed the lives of the predominantly Mexican American residents of the peaceful and unified Chavez Ravine communities of Los Angeles. In this unit students learn how new housing laws, racial tensions, fears of communism, and economic realities combined to drive long-time residents out of the area, which became the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962.
Grade Level Recommendation:
Grade 8

Relates to: California Cultures: Hispanic Americans

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