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This trunk represents a 14-year old Mexican boy who immigrated to the United States when his father accepted a job on the Santa Fe Railroad. He and his family live in the Boxcar Camps in Galesburg, Illinois, and he helps supplement their income by making deliveries for a local grocery store.  While making his rounds, the boy frequently visits with a neighborhood poet and writer named Carl Sandburg who awakens in him a lifelong interest in writing. 


Lesson Plans and Materials

Trunk Background and Bibliography

  • The Mexican Boxcar Boy - Coming Soon​​​

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