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35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants

35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it
Take a tour through America's immigrant heritage — at its most and least welcoming

 

American politicians, and Americans themselves, love to call themselves "a nation of immigrants": a place where everyone's family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. America has managed to maintain that self-image through the forced migration of millions of African slaves, restrictive immigration laws based on fears of "inferior" races, and nativist movements that encouraged immigrants to assimilate or simply leave.

But while the reality of America's immigrant heritage is more complicated than the myth, it's still a fundamental truth of the country's history. It's impossible to understand the country today without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive.

 

Tags: migration, map.


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Bob Beaven's curator insight, January 29, 2015 2:19 PM

This article is highly interesting in both historical and social contexts.  The article asserts that the United States is a nation of immigrants and there is really no such thing as just "American".  The article even states that Native Americans themselves, at one point in ancient history, crossed a land bridge that was between Russia and Alaska.  Another interesting point of the article was the fact that many of the Latino immigrants today are actually picking up the English language faster than the European immigrants of old.  Interestingly, this article leads to the conclusion that the "New World" is really comprised of immigrants of the "Old World".

Ryan Tibari's curator insight, March 24, 2015 10:06 AM

Unit 2 reflection:

I find immigration/migration maps very interesting to study. This particular map really creates a visual description of where the people who make up the United States are really from. Not only can people study their origins, but also their cultures, beliefs, and religions. The combinations of these cultural attributes is what makes America so extremely diverse. 

Mrs. Madeck's curator insight, October 1, 2015 5:56 PM

Migration

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Quiz: Can you name a food just by looking at where it comes from?

Quiz: Can you name a food just by looking at where it comes from? | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it
I map the food, you tell me what it is.

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I'm surprised how easy this was!  Try it!

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Gabriel Olson's curator insight, February 13, 2015 2:59 PM

We ought to know something about where our food comes from...

Eden Eaves's curator insight, March 24, 2015 1:04 AM

Unit 5

Some  of these maps are easy to guess, such as cotton being grown in the south, but what about others like pigs being raised in the mid-west and North Carolina??? We are so used to having only to make a quick stop at the nearest grocery store to grab our weekly essentials that we don't always think about where it naturally comes from. Also preservatives have come so far as to keep things fresh for long periods of time that where it originates is not a problem because it can be shipped in a refrigerated truck with still time left for it to sit in your fridge for a few days. 

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 3:34 PM

This 12 question quiz is a great way to introduce students to spatial patterns of agricultural products in the United States.  Sometimes just knowing regional stereotypes can be helpful, but being able to make an educated guess about where an agricultural product is comes from requires a basic understanding of economic and climate patterns.  This quiz is a good way to test that knowledge and introduce them to these spatial patterns.    

 

Tags: triviaspatial, regions, foodeconomic, food production, agriculture.

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What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago?

What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago? | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it

"From the scrunchies and jean jackets that dominated the 1980s to the plaid shirts and heavy boots that defined 1990s grunge, everyone has their favorite teenage fashion trend. But what would we have worn if we were flower children of the 1970s or flappers of the 1920s? Ohio State University student Annalisa Hartlaub was able to paint a picture by depicting each decade's quintessential mainstream and counterculture looks. Using herself as a model and tinting each picture to realistically reflect the technology of the decade, Hartlaub's "Counter // Culture" photo project catalogs nearly 100 years of fashion history from 1920 through today."


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D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:46 AM

Here is a great photo study to use when teaching counterculture. Students often have difficulty seeing persons in other eras as anything but "foreign". This photo study may also help students convey a sense of familiarity across time and social groups.

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A Pretty 1940 Map of American Diversity, Annotated by Langston Hughes

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This map, issued by the Council Against Intolerance in America in 1940, shows the ethnic groups living in the United States, offering a picture of their geographical locations, typical employment, and religious commitments.

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If World War I Was a Bar Fight

If World War I Was a Bar Fight | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it

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This made me smile.

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, March 14, 2013 6:45 PM

World War I was called "The Great War" when it ended because it was the largest scale conflict the world had ever known at that point. Many, many lives were lost and the legacy of WWI would eventually lead to another conflict--a second world war.

 

This link will take you to a humorous page where World War I is compared to a bar fight. I do not mean to post this to downplay the importance of the war, just to show it in a different context. It also serves as an example for the way people remember events in history (in this case, this is the way the author remembers WWI).

 

FYI, I also do not condone getting into fights in bars...

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Man Gobbles at Turkeys Turkeys Gobble Back

This just made me laugh this morning. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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A daughter faces demons of father's war - CNN.com

A daughter faces demons of father's war - CNN.com | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it
Christal Presley grew up with a father who returned traumatized by Vietnam. He, in turn, traumatized her by vacillating between depression and sheer rage.
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1940s Urbanism

"This is a film by the Chicago Board Of Education, produced sometime in the 1940s. This film could have been geared towards tourism or to entice companies to come to Chicago or used in the classroom.  The great thing about this film reel, is all the different views of the city they give."

 

Tags: Chicago, urban, place, landscape,  video, urbanism.


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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, February 2, 2015 7:04 PM

I love Chicago!  Such a beautiful and clean city.

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History Books Spark New Texas Classroom Battle - ABC News

History Books Spark New Texas Classroom Battle - ABC News | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it
ABC News History Books Spark New Texas Classroom Battle ABC News The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said...
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Oh, Texas.  Never change. 

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Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement -- Literacy Tests

Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement -- Literacy Tests | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it

"Today, most citizens register to vote without regard to race or color by signing their name and address on something like a postcard. But it was not always so.

Prior to passage of the federal Voting Rights Act in 1965, Southern (and some Western) states maintained elaborate voter registration procedures whose primary purpose was to deny the vote to nonwhites. This process was often referred to as a "literacy test." But in fact, it was much more than just a reading test, it was an entire complex system devoted to denying African-Americans (and in some regions, Latinos and Native Americans) the right to vote.

The registration procedures, and the Registrars who enforced them, were but one part of an interlocking system of racial discrimination and oppression. The various state, county, and local police forces — all white of course — routinely intimidated and harassed Blacks who tried to register.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:49 PM

Could you pass a literacy test?  Why were these voting tests determined to be illegal?  Letting students see an actual test that was given in the 1960s show just how discriminatory they were.  

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Excellent article! Thank you for posting.
Lou Salza's curator insight, March 5, 2014 8:41 AM

These barriers were erected more recently than we like to think.  Jumping through 'hoops' like the requirement to present a picture ID at the polling place continue to limit access to the fundamental franchise of our democracy if we can still call it that. Our students need to be aware of this recent history and the current challenges to voter rights. --Lou

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Chalk Talk- Jamestown

The Jamestown Colony endured hardship before it finally became successful.

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This is just neat to look at.

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Filling in the Blanks of Historic Child Labor Photos

Filling in the Blanks of Historic Child Labor Photos | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it

Child Labor Images


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Kent State: Past and Present

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On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Knox Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer during an anti-war protest at Kent State University.


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Maegan Anderson's comment, May 7, 2013 12:37 AM
speechless...
Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, May 10, 2013 9:39 AM

Photos like this that juxtapose the original photograph to present day surroundings always grab me.  What an interesting discussion this could be in a history classroom!

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(High Quality) Famous "Daisy" Attack Ad from 1964 Presidential Election

http://blog.mikebilly.com - Attack ads are nothing new. The can date as far back as the founding of America and sooner. In this one Lyndon B. Johnson's messa...

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Gap Pulls "Manifest Destiny" T-Shirt, Historic Phrase Offends Some Customers

Gap Pulls "Manifest Destiny" T-Shirt, Historic Phrase Offends Some Customers | Ms. Samples US History | Scoop.it
Clothing giant Gap has pulled a controversial T-shirt off its warehouse shelves after outraged consumers lashed out via social media. The "Manifest Destiny" shirt was designed by Mark McNairy as part of the store's Gap x GQ line.

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