This selection of resources complements Ancestry’s collection of resources and oral histories related to United States immigration. It highlights the evolution of the U.S. immigration system, including efforts to restrict migration, and explores how migration has shaped not only individuals, but also national identity.
More resources on contemporary immigration are available on request.
Establish a basic understanding of key terms, statistics, and laws related to global migration.
How does each person’s story contribute to the larger narrative of United States history? Students begin by defining what it means to them to be American.
Explore the importance of understanding our own ancestors’ immigration stories.
Consider the idea of what makes a nation using the opinions of philosophers, historians, and journalists.
This reading explores the debate over the 1924 Immigration Act (with discussion questions and audio available.)
Learn about restrictive immigration measures established in the U.S. throughout the 19th century.
Published with the New York Times, this lesson explores how studying immigration history can inform our thinking about contemporary dilemmas.
Explore the importance of stories in understanding migration, past and present.
Explore ways to bring World Refugee Day into the classroom using historical and contemporary resources.