In the 50 years after the Civil War, 25 million immigrants poured into the United States. Most were driven by hunger and poverty and drawn by hope of a better life. They came from places such as Italy, Eastern Europe, Armenia, China, and Mexico.
During this time, American cities grew rapidly. Population growth brought problems including poor housing and strained city services.
The Statue of Liberty, a powerful symbol of freedom, was the first glimpse of America for millions of immigrants. You will be learning more about her by visiting various websites and writing your answers on the document below.
You will be visiting the following website and take an Interactive Tour of Ellis Island. Answer the questions on the document below in full, complete sentences. Make sure you include details in your 8th grade answers!
You will be watching the movie "Under the Same Moon." You will be introduced to two main characters: Rosario (the mom) and Carlitos (the son). While you are watching, take notes on your graphic organizer on the following immigration issues for both characters:
Hardships in new land
Thereafter, you will be writing an essay comparing and contrasting the immigration issues of the late 1800s to today. Use your notes for Chapter 21 - Sec. 1 and your graphic organizer to write your essay.
The photographs and writings of Jacob Riis—particularly about the lives of poor, largely immigrant children in New York City—stirred the hearts of many Americans and led, in part, to the reforms of the Progressive Era.
Assignment:Examine the following photographs. These photographs were taken by Jacob Riis for his book which documents the lives of immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You are to record your thoughts on what you see on the following worksheet. Are the people in the photographs happy or sad? Rich or poor? Clean or dirty? What similarities are there between the photographs? What did they find in the pictures?