Immigrant Experiences

The Struggle to Become American



Lessons

Between the years of 1870 and 1910, approximately 20 million people immigrated to the United States. They came looking for jobs, religious and ethnic freedoms, and the opportunity to live in a democratic country. This new wave of immigration brought people from Eastern and Southern Europe and from China. The new immigrant groups came from different religons, spoke different languages and often looked differently than previous immigrant groups. In response to the uproar from citizens as more of these immigrants chose to move to the United States, the federal government enacted a series of Immigration Restrictions and Exclusion Acts.

In this unit, students will explore the experience that different immigrant groups had as they moved to America. They will compare and contrast what it was like to move within the United States to moving from a foreign land. They will further explore the change in immigration laws as nativists balked at the new immigrant communities that began to appear. They will explore photos of the era, items that immigrants brought with them from their native lands and newspaper articles which together will help them determine what it was like for these groups to become American.

Life in a New World - Debbie Corleto, McGlynn Middle School, Medford A Memoir-able Experience, Maria D'Orsi, Medford High School Sorry we're closed - but only to you, Jody Liu, Medford High School If these walls could talk..., Deborah Vose, South and East Middle Schools, Braintree
Life in a New World


Created by:
Debbie Corleto, McGlynn Middle School, Medford
A Memoir-able Experience

Created by:
Maria D'Orsi, Medford High School
Sorry we're closed - but only to you

Created by:
Jody Liu, Medford High School
If these walls could talk...

Created by:
Deborah Vose, South and East Middle Schools, Braintree
Background image:
Pages from a San Francisco Chinese Business Directory.
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library's Rare Books Department.