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They’re Coming to America: Immigrants Past and Present
Video Segments

Stream the video segments from the playlist below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan “They’re Coming to America: Immigrants Past and Present” (grades 5-7).

Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
(Note: To download a video, right-click on the video title and click “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” On a Mac, press the CTRL key and simultaneously click the mouse, then save the link.)

Clip 1: Opportunity Beckoned in the New World
This segment details the immigration of Stephen Colbert’s German ancestors to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s.

Clip 2: Tenant Farmers
This segment details the difficult living conditions faced by Stephen Colbert’s Irish ancestors.

Clip 3: “A Very Sad Period in Irish History”
This segment details the catastrophic effects of the Irish Potato Famine.

Clip 4: Pioneers of the American West
Chef Mario Batali learns about his ancestors who left Italy for the American West.

Clip 5: To Hawaii from Japan
This segment reveals the circumstances that led Kristi Yamaguchi’s grandfather to move from Japan to Hawaii.


Lesson plans for FACES OF AMERICA were created by the LAB@Thirteen, Thirteen’s Community and Educational Outreach Department.

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