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- “Hispanics in the United States: Origins and Destinies” by Rubén G. Rumbaut
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ESSAY QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS
What does it mean to “think like a historian”?
How can we use past events to better understand current events?
What is the difference between colonists and immigrants?
What conflicts arose between Irish Catholic immigrants and native-born Protestants in the mid-1800s?
Why were Jewish immigrants categorized by religion, rather than country of origin, as had been done in the past?
What prompted the second big wave of immigration?
Why does Professor Cannato feel the experience of Chinese immigrants differs from the experiences of immigrants from other Asian countries?
What were the push and pull factors for Chinese immigrants?
What kinds of discrimination did Chinese immigrants face in America?
Why was immigration to the United States restricted at the beginning of the 20th century?
Why did opponents of immigration to America advocate for literacy requirements?
What was the Bracero Program?
How did the Immigration Act of 1965 differ from previous legislation?
Why did the United States so often use quotas when it came to immigration?