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American Memory from the Library of Congress - Browse by Category

Browse the American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress. View historical images, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and more.
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Arrival of Immigrants, Ellis Island

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This is a video with no sound. Describe what you think is happening. 

**Note - This video does NOT work on an iPad**

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Interview with man who came through Ellis Island

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Joseph Vidmar talks about his journey from Croatia through Ellis Island to Evelyth, Minnesota. Recording lasts about 20 minutes. Beginning about 6:15, Mr, Vidmar discusses coming to America. What challenges did he face?

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Will Let Mrs. Pankhurst into U. S.

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Why did some people not want to let Mrs. Pankhurst come into the United States?

How did Commissioner William Williams justify letting her come into the country?

Why do you think this issue matters to immigration officials?

 

Justify your answers with quotes from the article.

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Manning Times - 1921 - Secretary Wants Immigration Stopped

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1. In this time frame, why were citizens from certain countries considered "undesirable classes?"

2. Compare and contrast this immigration issue with the US-Mexican border controversy today.

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Chinese in California

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1. What do you think this editorial cartoon means?

2. Whose hands are tied?

3. Desribe what each element means.

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Chronicling America « Library of Congress

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Newspaper articles - searchable by date range, state, or title

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Immigration:Law Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress,Immigration
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Who was the target for the Immigration Law of 1875?

Explain why you think this was a good idea or a bad idea.

Include quotes to back up your argument.

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George Mehales - Immigrant to SC

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To read this article, click "next image" after completing each page.

 

1. Why and how did Mr. Mehales come to Spartanburg, SC?

2. What is his opinion of the United States?

3. How does Mr. Mehales compare life in Greece to life in America?

4. What effect did the "Tramp Mark" have on his business?

 

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Literacy Test Retained/Immigrant Bill passes House - Sumter, SC news article - 1914

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1. What was the purpose of a literacy test for immigration?

2. Compare this bill to the recent controversy about requiring driver's licenses to vote.

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Angel Island: The Ellis Island of the West.

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Compare life at Angel Island with Ellis Island.

Do you see any discrimination at either site?

Why do you think this was called "Angel Island"?

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Americanization Through Homemaking - Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

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Select one chapter to read from this book, Americanization Through Homemaking. Imagine being a Mexican girl who is being taught by this book. Note - Some of the sentences will seem offensive to you! Describe a lesson in your chapter. Explain how it would benefit and/or harm the girl. How has our treament of immigrants changed?

 

You will need to select Next Image to move through this book.

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