The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among Canada, the United States, and Mexico took effect on January 1, 1994. Students may be aware of current debates about the trade deal but may not know that the agreement has been contentious since its inception. In this lesson, students read different perspectives on free trade and globalization to answer the question: What were arguments in the U.S. against ratifying NAFTA?
Image: Photograph taken at the NAFTA initialing ceremony in 1992. From the Wikimedia Commons.