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New Primary Source Set: Immigration

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The Emerging America program in collaboration with the Library of Congress and Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) is pleased to announce a new primary source set on Immigration!

The massive influx of immigrants to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries shaped American society both at the time and indefinitely. The Library of Congress has crafted a vast number of primary source sets, interactive presentations, and collections to showcase the tremendous volume of materials on the subject. The following primary source set explores materials organized for the Collaborative for Educational Services and by the Library of Congress.

Contained within the set is a variety of materials for instructional and independent student research. In addition to a number of primary source sets, including two CES composed sets on Puerto Rico and Cape Verdean immigration, the collection includes two interactive presentations. One of the presentations, “The Great American Potluck” presents students with the opportunity to explore vocabulary activities, recipes, interviews, and additional resources while also providing materials for teachers to incorporate into instruction.

The primary source set also features a selection of notable resources on Immigration including online access to the websites for the National Archives Immigration Records, Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum, and the Population Reference Bureau.  

View more details, and download or access the lesson plan online.

Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress.

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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.