America’s late 1800s economic and land expansion dramatically increased the number of immigrants who came to the country in a short amount of time.
Watch the video below and notice: most immigrants throughout the 1800s were coming from North-western Europe and Chinese immigration, while never very large, suddenly stops in the late 1800s. Why?
Today, students examined why the Chinese were completely excluded from immigrating to America in 1882 even though they were never a particularly large group of immigrants to begin with. This activity also helps students to see how all immigrants were subject to discrimination, racism, nativism, assimilation, and extra scrutiny.