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Immigrants Come To America


This Jackdaw is the appropriate reading level for upper elementary, middle school and high school students reading below grade level. It contains the same, ready-to-use, hands-on historical documents as the original, upper-level Jackdaw; most of the documents are actual-size replicas. The fully reproducible Broadsheets provide historical background for understanding the documents.

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, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • Industrialization Brings Immigration
  • Asian Immigrants
  • Immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Immigrants from Northern Europe
U.S. Immigration Timeline, 1855-1935 Historical Documents
  • Tariff of Immigrant Fares from Philadelphia, 1887.
  • American citizenship certificate, 1896.
  • Poster: Ellis Island, 1900-1912.
  • Transcript from a special board of inquiry, Ellis Island, 1903.
  • Cunard Line questionnaire for immigrants before booking, c. 1905.
  • Pamphlet: Chances for Homemakers in the United States of America, 1906.
  • Letter to Theodore Roosevelt about “shameful” treatment of emigrants, 1906.
  • Passport for the Interior of a young Italian woman, 1907.
  • Certificate of Identification for Chinese merchant and his son, 1907.
  • Telegram from A.E. Yoell, secretary of Asiatic Exclusion League, 1911.
  • Portion of a passenger manifest for the ship Oceanic, 1912.
  • U.S. Census questionnaire, 1920.
  • Poster: Cartoons and photos of immigrant life and attitudes, 1885-1919.
  • Excerpt from the pamphlet What Every Emigrant Should Know, 1922.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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