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In or Out: Race and Disability as Legal Barriers to Immigration

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Uncle Sam: “You’re welcome in – if you can climb it!” 1916
Uncle Sam: “You’re welcome in – if you can climb it!” 1916
Year Start
1881
 - 
Year End
2018

Who gets accepted as a citizen or as an immigrant?  Who is considered a desirable immigrant? Students will work in small groups to examine a primary source text and image set about immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.  They will use the sources to develop a deeper understanding of the hurdles and discrimination many immigrant groups faced. In addition to learning about race-based entry policies, students will observe that many types of disabilities were considered undesirable and would keep an immigrant out.

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Grade Level: 
3-5
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