- The best source is probably Ellis Island. In addition to genealogy work, this site provides history and a timeline of the island. It also includes information about the various cultures that traveled through Ellis Island through family histories and photo albums. One tool that proves very helpful in understanding the Ellis Island experience is the "Ellis Island Immigrant Experience." In this section, students can follow the stories of individual immigrants, both their stories before, during, and after arriving in America.
- A feature presentation from the Library of Congress titled "Immigration." In addition to a timeline of U.S. immigration spanning from 1786 to 2001, the site includes information separated by people group. Some groups include Russians, Italians, Irish, Cubans, Chinese, Mexicans, Africans, and Native Americans.
- A collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress including primary sources relating to immigration from 1876-1900 and 1900-1929.
- A rich collection of immigration resources organized for teachers from the Library of Congress.
- Pictures and documents from Calisphere (primary sources from the University of California) specifically on immigration or by time period topical area.
- A wonderful interactive activity and video that walks students through the process of immigration in 1916 including procuring a passport, moving through Ellis Island, and making a new life in America.
- An interactive timeline of legal and illegal immigration from 1607 to the present developed by ProCon.org.
- An innovative video game created by ICED ("I Can End Deportation") in partnership with various community-based organizations, high school students, and high school teachers and designed to spark dialog and create awareness about U.S. immigration policies on detention and deportation. Note: This game includes mature content and is extremely biased toward anti-deportation and increased opportunities for illegal aliens.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Online Immigration Resources
The following resources may be useful when studying the Great Migration and related topics.