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From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century

From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century | CLIL-DNL History |
Today's volume of immigrants, in some ways, is a return to America’s past.

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Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, September 16, 2015 1:03 PM

Its interesting to me how the primary source of immigrants only shifts from Germany to Mexico in the 1990's, as opposed to when the country was cut in half in the fifties or during WWII. I had always thought that those events would limit German immigration more, however it appears that the primary reason for the shift is more due to the recent (relatively) drug war which erupted in Mexico.

Douglas Vance's curator insight, January 24, 10:42 AM

Observing the demographic change in the origin of immigrants to the US shed some light on how both domestic policy and global events have impacted which types of peoples immigrated. Seeing how Ireland was the primary immigrant group in most of the country during the potato famine if the 1840s-1870s, and then Mexico following the opening of borders in the latter hald of the 20th century showed how both types of events impacted immigration. Also, understanding immigration patterns and common destinations of immigrants can shed light on modern demographic patterns. It is important to note the role transportation played in early immigration. For example, the Trans-continental railroad allowed the Irish to settle on both coasts of America instead of just the east coast, which would have been the case prior to the railroad.

Katie Kershaw's curator insight, January 25, 3:07 PM

In the current political climate, this article with maps is a great resource for people concerned with immigration.  The statistic that stood out the most to me was that only 28% of all immigrants in the U.S. were born in Mexico in 2013.  Certain members of the government make it sound like Mexicans are literally going to take over the country if we don’t stop them.  When reality, not even a third of all immigrants are Mexican.  This puts into perspective that Mexicans are not “swarming and overwhelming” the U.S. as people make it seem.  Americans have always had a hard time accepting immigrants, which is ironic because unless one is Native American, their ancestors immigrated from somewhere.  Chinese and Irish are other major groups who were undesirable immigrants at one point in time and Mexicans seem to be taking the heat on immigration today.  Americans will likely always oppose immigration for whatever reason, but the argument against immigrants now seems to be overblown and based on fear.

This map also points out that in 2010 a majority of immigrants to Rhode Island were from the Dominican Republic.  It leads to the question, what is drawing Domicans to the state?

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How The USA Expanded In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF

How The USA Expanded In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF | CLIL-DNL History |

Amazing work from wikipedia, summarizing the evolution of the US formation, originally here:


Tags: USA, historical, visualization. 

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Paige T's comment, September 17, 2012 10:19 AM
This is very interesting because I had no idea that the United States had gone under such transformation. Even within certain borders, there is much change in respect to who the area belongs to. You definitely have to watch it a few times to get the full affect though.
Lindsey Robinson's comment, September 17, 2012 10:21 AM
Although the moving image makes it hard to actually pinpoint the U.S expansion at specific dates, I don't think that is the point of the map. The point of the map is to show how many times territories have changed, etc. I really like the map.. I have never seen anything like it.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 17, 2012 10:42 AM
The United States has changed drastically through the years with state borders, but I noticed that the regions' labels of the country are still similar today. For example, the southwest is much more divided today but still classified as a region with plenty of Spanish culture.
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Creating American Borders

30-second animation of the changes in U.S. historical county boundaries, 1629 - 2000. Historical state and territorial boundaries are also displayed from 178...

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Jesse Olsen's comment, March 16, 2013 1:04 PM
Betty Klug's curator insight, April 27, 2013 3:50 PM

I love animation maps.  Great for getting students interested in learning.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:36 PM

This video does a fantastic job of showing how the United States has expanded and grown since its original 13 colonies. While many today might imagine that our nation was simply always this size in fact over many years of colonization, land purchases and land grabs America has eventually become what it is today.

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Mapping the Nation

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This link is a companion site to the book, "Mapping the Nation: History & Cartography in 19th Century America" by Susan Schulten.  The author and publisher have made all of the images available digitally, and they are organized by chapter as well as chronologically. This a great resource to find some of the important maps that shaped America and help mold the manner in which we conceptualize America. Geography and history teachers alike will be able to draw on these materials. The chapters include:

The Graphic Foundations of American History Capturing the Past Through Maps Disease, Expansion and the Rise of Environmental Mapping Slavery and the Origin of Statistical Cartography The Cartographic Consolidating of America


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