Friday, June 29, 2012

Website Spotlight: Immigration (Library of Congress)



Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask the students to work through the following links:

Guide to Navigation of the website:

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/introduction3.html

I. African

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/african.html

Click through the subtopic links at the bottom of the page:

Introduction | Beginnings | A Journey in Chains | Africans in America | Resistance and Abolition | Emancipation and Reconstruction | Moving North, Heading West | An Artistic Rebirth | A Social Revolution | New Beginnings |

II. German
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/german.html

Click through the subtopic links at the bottom of the page:

Introduction | The Call of Tolerance | Building a New Nation | A New Surge of Growth | Filling the Nation's Breadbasket | Urban Germans | Building Institutions, Shaping Tastes | Shadows of War

III. Irish
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/irish.html

Click through the subtopic links at the bottom of the page:

Colonial Immigration | Irish-Catholic Immigration to America | Adaptation and Assimilation | Joining the Workforce | Religious Conflict and Discrimination | Racial Tensions | Irish Identity, Influence and Opportunity

IV. Scandinavian
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/scandinavian.html

Click through the subtopic links at the bottom of the page:

Introduction | The Swedes | The Norwegians | The Danes | The Finns | The Icelanders | Scandinavian America

V. Italian
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/italian.html

Click through the subtopic links at the bottom of the page:

Introduction | Early Arrivals | The Great Arrival | L’Isola dell Lagrime | A City of Villages | Tenements and Toil | Working Across the Country | Under Attack | A Century in the Spotlight

VI. Polish/Russian
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/polish.html

Click through the subtopic links at the bottom of the page:

Introduction | Russian Beginnings | Soviet Exiles | The Nation of Polonia | A People at Risk | The Lower East Side

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Immigration

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT 

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