Guiding Question:

How did immigrants participate in bringing about change to their government?




How can underrepresented groups effect change in their government?

In this lesson we will look at two different groups -- plebians in the Roman Republic c. 450 BCE and immigrant strikers in Lawrence, MA in 1912 -- to see what life was life for each of them and how each group tried to get their government's attention in order to change their situation.

To do so, you will learn about the historical circumstances of each group and about the political process in Rome and in the United States. Then you will see what actions both groups took to change their circumstances (if any), and what the outcomes were.

What do the experiences of Roman plebians and Lawrence strikers tell us about the process of political and governmental change?