Our Immigrant Experience
|1.||Why did the group come to the United States?|
|2.||Were there legal barriers to entry? If so, explain. Why were the restrictions established?|
|3.||What kind of reception did your group receive? How did Americans view the coming of your group? In researching this question, remember to search on “nativism” (anti-immigrant sentiment).|
|4.||Were there any periods in American history when your group might have received a different reception? Why?|
|5.||Was America the “golden door” for your group? How did your group fare in America?|
|6.||Review American immigration policy and be prepared to summarize its trends. How would your group have fared under current regulations?|
For an overview of immigration, see The Ellis Island-Statue of Liberty Foundation, The Peopling of America, http://www.ellisisland.org/immexp/wseix_4_3.asp?
For a more in-depth history of the response to immigration, see Roger Daniels, “The Triumph of Nativism,” http://www.hsp.org/files/comingtoamericareading.pdf.