The Library of Congress
October 2002


What were the events and who were the people that built this nation? Who is today's American? What are our dreams for the future of this nation?

Join us as we think, collectively, about these questions.

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October 3
and 17, 2002

8:00 P.M. (ET)
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features & activities   lesson plans

Use the Immigration Feature Presentation to explore this broad topic with your students. Don't miss the interactive timelines and maps that show immigration patterns! Let your students have fun with the vocabulary activities, too!

Participate in these collaborations:

The Great American Potluck - Can we learn about a nation's history through its food? Help us answer this question by sharing in The Great American Potluck!

America Dreams - A new Millennium creates a timely forum for students to consider the dreams of the past, the realities of the present and dreams for the future.

Today's Immigrants - By conducting and publishing interviews, student historians are invited to tell the story of immigration to the U.S. in the late 20th- and early 21st-centuries.


Use these lesson plans (created by educators for educators) to explore the theme of immigration with your students in your classroom:

All History is Local (Grades 11-12)
Down the Rabbit Hole (Grades 6-8)
German Immigrants (Grades 7-12)
Images of Our People (Grades 5-12)
Immigration Through Oral History (Grade 11)
Immigration/Migration (Grade 11)
Links to the Past (Grades 6-12)
Our Changing Voices (Grades 9-12)
Port of Entry (Grades 6-12)
Turn of the Century Child (Grades 6-8)


Is there an historical fiction title (or two) that you always read to (or with) your students when teaching about immigration? Are there invaluable reference books that you use when working with this theme? Staff from The Library of Congress have generously donated favorite titles for the immigration theme. We hope you will contribute your favorite titles to our growing bibliography!

collection connections

Create your own collaborative lesson plans using material related to this month's theme assembled from The Learning Page Collection Connections:

African American Odyssey (summary only)

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest (summary only)

Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982 (summary and teaching resources)

"California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 (summary and teaching resources)

The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, 1600-1925 (summary only)

First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920 (summary and teaching resources)

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 (summary and teaching resources)

Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912 (summary only)

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives (summary only)

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920 (summary and teaching resources)

Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941 (summary and teaching resources)

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