Description

Operation Pedro Pan was the name given to the 22-month clandestine program involving the political exodus of more than 14,000 Cuban children to the United States in the early 1960s. Fearing communist indoctrination and the rumor of patria potestad — the government assuming legal guardianship of their children— Cuban parents sent their unaccompanied (minor) children to the United States.

Comments

NCSS Themes:

Time, Continuity, and Change

People, Places, and Environments

Power, Authority, and Governance

Global Connections

Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards:

SS.3.G.2.6: Investigate how people perceive places and regions differently by conducting interviews, mental mapping, and studying news, poems, legends, and songs about a region or area.

SS.3.C.2.1: Identify group and individual actions of citizens that demonstrate civility, cooperation, volunteerism, and other civic virtues.

SS.3.A.1.1: Analyze primary and secondary sources.

SS.3.G.4.1: Identify a cultural characteristic of a population in the U.S. and a population in Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean.

 

Lesson 3: Operation Pedro Pan - How 14,000 Children Came to Live in America without their Parents

Operation Pedro Pan was the name given to the 22-month clandestine program involving the political exodus of more than 14,000 Cuban children to the United States in the early 1960s. Fearing communist indoctrination and the rumor of patria potestad — the government assuming legal guardianship of their children— Cuban parents sent their unaccompanied (minor) children to the United States.