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Postville: When Cultures Collide.

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
Length: 00:56:40
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This very charming program looks at what happened when 300 Hasidic Jews descended on Postville, a town in Iowa with a population 1500, where the pigs out number the humans by 3:1. The Hasidic Jews then employed Mexican immigrants as workers in their kosher meat processing plant, increasing the population of Postville by another 400. Witnessing the reaction of the townspeople ranges from a comical to a sobering experience. The producers use Postville as a prism through which to understand ethnic, cultural and religious conflicts in towns across America that are faced with increasingly heterogeneous populations.



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