May 27, 2017

Featured Source: The immigrant. Acquisition or detriment?

According to this political cartoon, what were the pros and cons to immigration in 1903? Take a look at this black-and-white version to more clearly read the cartoon's text labels. Investigate historical newspaper articles from 1903 discussing the immigration problem and immigration benefits. Compare and contrast the issues raised in the newspaper articles with those listed on the political cartoon. What do you think are some pros and cons to immigration today? What other observations, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Immigration Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about immigration to the United States. (For background information, review the following: Immigration to the United States, 1851-1900 and Immigrants in the Progressive Era). The story may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. These questions about immigration can help you get started. Then click on each thumbnail image below to access the full size primary source. You may also use … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Immigration

Primary source sets Immigration: Challenges for New Americans (includes teacher guide) Mexican American Migrations and Communities (includes teacher guide) Immigration primary source iBook Immigration images Immigrants images The Emigrant's Guide by William Cobbett 1830 Advice and Guide to Emigrants by Patrick O'Kelly 1834 More immigration books & texts Historic newspaper coverage: immigration problem Historic newspaper coverage: immigration benefits … [Read more...]

Today in History: Norway

Today in History–May 17–the Library of Congress features Norwegian Constitution Day, celebrated on this date in commemoration of the 1814 adoption of Norway's constitution. Learn more about this Northern European country and Norwegian Americans by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below to access related primary sources. Norway country profile BBC Norway timeline BBC Norway primary source set from the World Digital Library Norway maps Norway … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ellis Island

Today in History–January 1–the Library of Congress features Ellis Island. On this date in 1892 a fifteen-year old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first person to pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Between 1892 and 1954, more than 12 million immigrants, as many at 5,000 a day, passed through Ellis Island to start a new life in the United States. At the station, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, immigrants underwent medical examinations and answered … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Gilded Age Teaching Resources & Strategies

This morning I saw a tweet mentioning primary sources related to immigration in the Gilded Age and I began to wonder . . . What learning activities related to the Gilded Age could we imagine using Library of Congress primary sources? What other teaching resources and strategies are available on LOC.gov and elsewhere? See the results below and feel free to comment on learning activities and resources that you've created or uncovered in the Speak Your Mind section. H/T to @oswego98 for the … [Read more...]