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Sun Mad Raisins

Sunmad Raisins Look closely at Sun Mad Raisins. What is the idea presented by the artist, Ester Hernández? Compare the visual imagery with the poster's text. Why is the maid a skeleton?

Ester Hernández grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where she unknowingly bathed in and drank polluted water and worked in an environment contaminated by pesticides. Questions about the effects of pesticides on agricultural workers prompted her to create Sun Mad Raisins.

The Hernández family was actively involved in the struggle for farmworker's rights, an issue that concerned César Chávez. Is there a community issue that continues to be a source of concern to you and your family and neighbors? How would you dramatize the issue through a poster?

Learn more about Ester Hernández by visiting the library web site of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Insecticides, miticides, herbicides, and fungicides can be classified into the broader category of pesticides. Learn more about pesticides by visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's web site.

Learn more about water resources from the U.S. Geological Survey and see their water education posters.

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