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The Portal to Texas History

Newspaper Narratives

Immigration to the United States


Immigration has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout American history. In 1907, the biggest year of the tide, close to 1,285,349 people entered through Ellis Island which was four times the facility's planned capacity. The wait without food and water often seemed endless.

Newspapers provide a significant source of information regarding immigrant entry to the United States during the
19th and 20th century. Whether it is about a family's
adjustment to their new home in America or statistics that document an immigrant's country of origin, this lesson through primary source documents brings a crucial element of history to life.

Through interactive video, PowerPoint slideshow, and online newspaper links, students will learn about why and how immigrants came to the U.S. They will learn more about the lives of immigrants by doing the internet research project, the Immigration to the U.S. activity, and the reading comprehension activities. Additionally, they will use the Mapping Diversity, Photo Analysis [Reflection], and the Immigration Timeline to find out more about the challenges and issues that immigrants faced.