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The Forgotten Americans

Classroom Resources


Focus: Las Colonias
Filmmaker's Journal
An Inside Look
A Colonia Experience
Build A Community  
Classroom Resources
Press Room

Glossary of Terms

Grade Levels: 7-12

The following is a list of terms discussed in The Forgotten Americans. Most of these terms appear in the first 15 minutes of the film and are illustrated throughout. Your students can also find many of these terms defined on this Web site or on the sites listed as resources at the end of this unit.

  • colonias
  • promotoras
  • home mortgage
  • contract for deed
  • rent-to-own
  • migrant worker
  • floodplain
  • zoning ordinances
  • flood insurance
  • enforcement
  • jurisdiction
  • plats
  • septic tanks
  • poverty level
  • prosperity
  • affluence
  • economic boom
  • fundamental human needs
  • neighborhood
  • community
  • contaminated water
  • hepatitis A
  • tuberculosis

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