Political cartoons are one of our favorite ways to teach high level concepts, as the symbolism tends to be rich with discussion points.
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This 1950s film “Who are the people of America?” tells a simplified story of how American culture was born: through the sharing of ideals.
Really great images from life in the 50s.
This fluffy piece could spark many great conversations in the classroom, regarding some of the topics not covered and whether it is an accurate portrayal of the immigrant experience.
This 1946 Encyclopedia Britannica video is made in the optimistic spirit of the post-war years.
It describes the motivation and origins of American immigrants.
Certainly the theme of the film is that the U.S. offers freedom and opportunity that is hard to find elsewhere.
Nice view of the Statue of Liberty.
Here’s a neat street scene.
We are lucky enough to have footage from 1906, depicting passengers arriving at Ellis Island.
According to the National Park Service, “Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation’s premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers.”
This second video shows immigrants disembarking from a ship in 1903.
These videos are part of our Immigration and Urbanization PowerPoint.