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In this activity, students are guided through a close reading of The Journal of Sean Sullivan: A Transcontinental Railroad Worker, a fictional book for young readers based on historical sources. Students will read a short excerpt from the beginning of the book and determine the meaning of key words. Working in groups, students will then read…
This is a basic vocabulary list to use with this book. There are other words and terms that your students may want to add in the space provided at the end.
This key helps teachers facilitate the game "Let's Make an Immigration Deal"

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Item Type: Worksheet
Date: 2011

These cards are used in the game "Let's Make an Immigration Deal."
In this game, students are assigned different immigrant identities and advance based on their access to economic opportunity and religious, political, and social liberties at different times in U.S. history.

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Item Type: Teaching Activity
Date: 2011

These worksheets help students analyze primary sources and cite evidence supporting various perspectives in the early 20th century debate over immigration restriction.

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Date: 2011

This cartoon appeared in the weekly humor magazine Judge in 1903. It reflects the alarm among some Americans at the growing number of immigrants from countries in Southern and Eastern Europe (such as Italy, Russia, and Austria-Hungary) and the declining number of immigrants from countries in Northern and Western Europe (such as Ireland and…

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Item Type: Cartoon
Date: 1903

This Wall St. Journal article acknowledges some of the problems that accompanied early-twentieth-century immigration—urban overcrowding, the strain on local resources, threats posed by foreign anarchists—but argues that immigrants should be encouraged to settle outside of U.S. cities and provide needed labor for farms, factories, and…

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Item Type: Newspaper/Magazine
Date: 1904

In 1896 Congress passed a bill which would require all immigrants to be able to read at least 40 words in any language in order to enter the country. The bill was supported by the Immigration Restriction League. They worried that the increasing number of immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe would drive down wages and never become useful members…

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Item Type: Newspaper/Magazine
Date: Circa 1896

In 1896 Congress passed a bill which would require all immigrants to be able to read at least 40 words in any language in order to enter the country. The bill was supported by the Immigration Restriction League. They worried that the increasing number of immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe would drive down wages and never become useful members…

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Item Type: Newspaper/Magazine
Date: Circa 1896