Immigration: Our American Story

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In partnership with the Charles Hayden Foundation, we are pleased to offer Immigration: Our American Story, a free history program for high school students exploring immigration from the 18th century to the 21st century

Students will

  • Watch six 30-minute lecture videos with Professor Vincent Cannato, University of Massachusetts Boston, featuring archival photographs and political cartoons on the history of American immigration. Videos will be available starting April 1, 2021.
  • Attend two Q&A sessions with Professor Cannato on May 4, 2021, and May 11, 2021. Both Q&As will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.
  • Have the option of taking quizzes to test their knowledge.

Teachers will have access to immigration-related

  • lesson plans
  • primary sources
  • essays
  • online exhibitions
  • videos

 Register Here

About Immigration: Our American Story

Online Course Description

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and immigration has always been a part of the American experience. If we think like historians, we can analyze migratory patterns, push and pull factors, and public reactions to newcomers of different nationalities, races, ethnicities, and cultures. We can also study how government responses to immigration have both reflected and impacted the broader landscape of American politics throughout history and into the present day.

Teaching resources here


Lecture Title Key Words
Lecture 1 Introduction to US Immigration History immigration, forced migration, assimilation
Lecture 2 The Mid-1800s: The Irish and the Germans nativism, Know-Nothing Party, political machines
Lecture 3 Early 20th-Century Immigration: Southern and Eastern Europe pogrom, settlement house, Progressive Era
Lecture 4 Chinese Immigration and Exclusion Page Act, Chinese Exclusion Act, Asiatic barred zone
Lecture 5 The Quota Years Red Scare, asylum, Bracero Program
Lecture 6 Post-1965 Immigration Immigration and Nationality Act, amnesty, DACA


Session Date and Time Topic
May 4, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET 18th- and 19th-Century Immigration
May 11, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET 20th- and 21st-Century Immigration

Register Here

Access course videos here starting April 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email