Sunday, June 24, 2012

Website Spotlight: On Gold Mountain


Website URL: http://apa.si.edu/ongoldmountain/

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:

Galleries 1-4 (access each of them from the left sidebar)
http://apa.si.edu/ongoldmountain/

Gallery 1: Journey to Gold Mountain (San Francisco)

The China Trade
American Missionaries
People Left China to Escape War and Hard Times

Gallery 2: Chinese Laborers in the West

Early Immigrants Came During Gold Rush
Railroad Construction Employed Thousands

Gallery 3: Los Angeles Chinatown

Religion Was Central to Chinese Life
Apothecaries Were Essential for Good Health
Chinatown Was Mostly a Bachelor Society

Gallery 4: Angel Island

The Immigration Station Barracks Offered Little Comfort
Paper Sons Tried to Outsmart the Exclusion Laws

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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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