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New Americans:

American Experience: "Zoot Suit Riots":

NewsHour Online: Immigration Reform:

Beyond the Border:

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience:

The City/La Cuidad:

In the Mix: Teen Immigrants:

P.O.V.: "The Sixth Section":

The First Measured Century:

Big Apple History: Coming to America:

recommended web sites

The Golden Door: Immigration Images from the Keystone-Mast Collection
A collection of stereoscopic immigration photos, housed at the California Museum of Photography, features images taken at Ellis Island, expositions, and immigrant labor in coal mines and agricultural fields. The site suggests the photographs indicate an attitude of nationalism and anti-immigration over the past century. Note especially the images from world's fairs where villagers were exhibited and examined as if they were specimens. Each photo includes its original inscription.
Subject: The Arts; Social Studies
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Immigration Statistics from the US Department of Homeland Security
Each year immigration data are compiled and published in the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (formerly titled Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service prior to the Fiscal Year 2002 edition). In addition to the annual report, there are monthly reports, supplemental tables, and other data regarding immigrants, naturalizations, non-immigrants (temporary visitors), refugees, asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, and parolees. A glossary clarifies what constitutes each of these definitions.
Subject: Math
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The Authentic History Center: Teaching Diversity with Multimedia
This special section of the Authentic History Center provides primary source ads, toys, and other cultural artifacts that demonstrate how racial prejudice and intolerance toward people who are different from the mainstream. The different stereotypes are Native, Latino, African, Arab, Jewish, and Asian. These images were common not too long ago. Read the essays by the sociology professor related to stereotypes and see what you think, do you see these artifacts as racist?
Subject: Social Studies
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Migrations in History
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies hosts a site about migrations of people, objects, culture, and ideas. According to the site, it features "the stories and artifacts of migration--what happens when people move, what they take with them, what they leave behind, and how they make their new place home." The different people highlighted are from each continent, pioneers, explorers, and nomadic people. Some specific peoples include the Romani and Rastafarians.
Subject: Social Studies
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Strangers in the Land of Strangers
An online exhibit from the Pennsylvania Historical Society looks at the ways different groups of immigrants have tried to prove that they belong, often in the face of harassment from earlier arrivals. The exhibit covers the period from the revolutionary era to the present. African Americans and recently arrived Irish were promised citizenship if they fought in the Civil War, although that promise wasn't always kept. During the World Wars, German immigrants were compelled to renounce their cultures to prove their "Americanism". African Americans and women are noted as challenging their second-class citizenship in the latter half of the 20th century.
Subject: Social Studies
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recommended books

Going Home, Coming Home/Ve Nha, Tham Que Huong
By Truong Tran and Ann Phong
Published September 2003
Grades: PreK-2; 3-5
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts
When Ami Chi visits Vietnam for the first time, she is confused. Her parents call it home, but she considers herself an American. One day she meets a young Vietnamese girl who helps her discover an appreciation of her parent's culture and her own heritage. This picture book is told in English and Vietnamese.
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The Land That Never Was: Sir Gregor Macgregor and the Most Audacious Fraud in History
By David Sinclair
Published January 2004
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Social Studies
Sir Gregor Macgregor fought in the Napoleonic Wars and the South American wars for independence under Simon Bolivar. In 1823, Macgregor, now a self-styled Central American prince, convinced a group of Scots to immigrate to his nation of Poyais. When they landed on the Mosquito Coast, they discovered that there was no Poyais and that their guidebooks and banknotes were worthless. Few survived. Incredibly Macgregor escaped justice and retired to Venezuela on a pension.
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Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
By David Von Drehle
Published August 2003
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Social Studies
Of the 146 workers who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, 123 were young women. This narrative examines the fire and the Jewish and Italian immigrants who poured into New York City and provided the cheap, female labor required by the garment industry.
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Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend
By Graham Russell Gao Hodges
Published January 2003
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Social Studies
In 1905, Anna May Wong was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of an immigrant laundryman. She was the second daughter of eight children. At fourteen, she had her first small part in a film, and between 1919 and 1960, she starred in more than fifty movies. Yet despite her talent and success, Wong had to prove her U.S. citizenship each time she returned home.
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