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        Children of Giant: Blackwell School

        Children of Giant unearths the deeply wrought emotions surrounding the de-facto segregation of Anglos and Latinos in the small West Texas town of Marfa, before, during, and after the month-long production of George Stevens’ 1956 feature film, Giant, which tells the story of three generations of a powerful Texas ranching dynasty. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, Giant was a different kind of western, one that took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest.  Using excerpts from the documentary Children of Giant, students will learn about the social issues that were prevalent in Marfa, Texas during the making of the film Giant and the lasting impact they had on the community members.

        Children of Giant: Blackwell School | Lesson Plan

        Using clips from Hector Galan’s documentary, "Children of Giant," students will learn the distinction between de-jure and de-facto segregation while exploring the social issues prevalent in Texas during the making of the film "Giant."

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        Children of Giant: Blackwell School | Clip 1

        In this clip, students learn about the history of segregation and inequality present for Mexican-Americans in Texas during the making of the film "Giant."

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        Children of Giant: Blackwell School | Clip 2

        In this clip, students learn more about the suppression of the Spanish language in Blackwell School.

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        Children of Giant: Blackwell School | Clip 3

        In this clip, students explore the legacy of the Blackwell School.

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