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Film: Forgotten Minds
Film Date: circa 1957
Date Digitized: 2016
Presented by: League of United Latin American Citizens ; Felix Tijerina ; Alfred J. Hernandez ; Antonio Campos
Produced by: Photographic Laboratories, Houston
Script by: Warren Ferguson
Narrated by: Alfred J. Hernandez
Duration: 13 minutes, 49 seconds

Summary: This promotional film was created in the late 1950s by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to promote the need for preschool English-language instruction for Spanish-speaking Mexican American children. The film features the efforts of Isabel Verver, a teacher in Ganado, Texas and suggests the possibility of teaching English to Mexican American families over the radio. The film concludes with the idea that in order to overcome the language barrier a four-hundred-word vocabulary is necessary.

The digital preservation of this film was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.