Help your students fully discover what their very own ancestors went through. The Broadsheets detail the difficulties both skilled and unskilled newcomers often met. The timeline shows the change in the pattern of immigration from Northern Europeans to Mediterranean and Asian peoples. The hands-on documents bring the immigrants’ experiences to life with a citizenship certificate, actual minutes of a deportation hearing, and a classroom poster of Ellis Island photos. Historian: Christine Scriabine. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:
Immigration Timeline: 1860-1930
Immigration in the Industrial Age
- Northern Europeans — The Continuing Stream
- Asians: The Chinese
- Asians: The Japanese
- Italians & Mediterranean Peoples
- Eastern Europeans
- Jewish Immigration
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
“Tariff of Immigration Fares” folder, Philadelphia, 1887.
- American Citizen Certificate for Russian, Aaron Rubin, 1896.
- “Ellis Island” photo poster — scenes from 1900-1914.
- Minutes of Ellis Island deportation inquiry, 1903.
- Questionnaire requiring racial, political information, 1905.
- “Chances for Homemakers” railway promotion, 1906.
- Letter to President Roosevelt on shameful treatment of immigrants at Ellis Island, 1906.
- Passport: bureaucratic immigration process in Europe, 1907.
- Identification certificate — attempt to bypass exclusion laws.
- Telegram urging “cheap Chinese labor” be excluded, 1911.
- Ship’s passenger manifest lists actor Charles Chaplin, 1912
- U.S. Census questionnaire, 1920
- Poster of selected photos and cartoons on immigrant life.
- “What Every Immigrant Should Know” booklet, 1922.
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