The influence, or lack thereof, of active political immigrants has drastically affected both Boston and the nation. The issues surrounding immigrant participation reflected the white Protestants’ views of these new citizens and exhibit the struggles the city and nation have faced.

By studying this point in history, the students are able to make connections between the World History I curriculum and their present lives. They are able to see how the formation of government in the Middle Ages and Renaissance affected immigration at the turn of the 20th century and our current political climate.