September 25, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Chinese Exclusion Act

From the Library of Congress: The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was signed into law on May 6, 1882. Officially titled "An act to execute certain treaty stipulations relating to Chinese," the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers for ten years. It was extended in 1892 for another ten years by the Geary Act and then made permanent in 1902. In 1943, at a time when the United States and China were allies during World War II, the ban on Chinese immigration and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Asian American Pacific Islanders

Primary Source Sets with Teacher Guides Japanese American Internment During World War II Veterans' Stories: Struggles for Participation Guided Primary Source Analyses Chinese Citizenship in Hawaii Entrance to Manzanar Collection Connections After the Day of Infamy: “Man-on-the-Street” Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar Lesson Plans Analysis and Interpretation of Primary … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Chinese Citizenship in Hawaii

This 1906 newspaper article quotes a 1904 magazine editorial, which sums up the "widely prevailing sentiment against the Chinese immigrant laborer in the United States." Make a list of the arguments for the "defense of our political antagonism to the Chinaman". The first page of the newspaper article responds to three arguments. Choose one and summarize the comparisons and contrasts the journalist highlights between the Chinese immigrant experience in mainland America and Hawaii. Share your … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: California

California stories from America’s Library California primary source set with teacher’s guide California resource guide Curated collections California maps Pictorial Americana: selected images of California California images California books & articles California correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts California historic newspapers California sheet music California songs and oral histories California legislation California Guide to … [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 Historical newspaper coverage: immigration problem Historical newspaper coverage: immigration benefits … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Asian American Pacific Islanders

Celebrate the history and diverse cultures of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) through the foci of primary source images, documents, oral histories, and more. You'll also find related lesson plans, stories, interactives, and streaming webcasts--come explore! Teaching Resources: Asian American Pacific Islander History & Culture PSN Asian Pacific source sets Cherry Blossoms Chinese Exclusion Act Japanese-American Internment Korean War Duke Kahanamoku & Surfing … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: China

China primary sources from the World Digital Library collection China maps China books & other texts China: historical U.S. newspaper coverage China / Chinese: song recordings & oral histories China / Chinese: sheet music China: U.S. veteran's stories China / Chinese films & webcasts Images of China Images of Chinese Chinese flutes artifact images U.S. legislation related to China Transition from the Lunar Calendar to the Western Calendar Under … [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...]