Teaching New Scholarship Primary Source Documents

Teaching New Scholarship Primary Source Documents

Analyzing the History of Immigration in America: Reflections of New Immigrants in American Schools (Are we the same or different from those before us?) This unit promotes reflection on the value of diverse perspectives about immigrant experiences. The underlying goal is for students to understand that the United States is a nation of immigrants with a variety of backgrounds. These immigrants have different reasons for coming to the United States and have unique stories about their journeys that need to be shared with others. Students will experience what immigration was like 100-150 years ago and analyze a collection of images from the past to reflect on their personal immigration experiences, discussing what has changed in immigration today. Grades 4 – 6.

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project

Founded in 1965, the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) aims to transform how we understand immigration in the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives, it is North America’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life. The IHRC promotes interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world. It connects U.S. immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through its Immigrant Stories project. It advances public dialogue about immigration through its public programming, supports teaching and learning at all levels, and develops archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.

Queen City Culture: Immigration, Food, Culture, and Burlington’s Local Food System

Queen City Culture: Immigration, Food, Culture, and Burlington's Local Food System

Ashley Raymond, “Queen City Culture: Immigration, Food, Culture, and Burlington’s Local Food System,” Scholar Works, University of Vermont, 2019. “This research is aimed at bringing to light, the scale of influence that Burlington’s immigrant history has had on the local food system which we see today.”

19th Century French-Canadian Immigration to Vermont

19th Century French-Canadian Immigration to Vermont

Michael F. Dwyer, “19th Century French-Canadian Immigration to Vermont: From Hyppolite Prunier to Fred Plumtree,” Walloomsack Review, 18, 20 – 29. “

By the beginning of the twentieth century, one could see the architectural imprint of French-Canadian settlement on the cultural landscape of Vermont. French-speaking Catholics built monumental churches in Burlington, Winooski, St. Albans, Rutland, Newport, and St. Johnsbury, among other towns. Each of these parish communities has its own stories-within-stories of French-Canadians who struggled to maintain their language, identity, and culture within an English-speaking and, sometimes hostile, Catholic hierarchy.”

French Canadian Immigration to Vermont and New England (1840-1930)

French Canadian Immigration to Vermont and New England (1840-1930)

Leslie Choquette , “French Canadian Immigration to Vermont and New England (1840-1930),” Vermont History, 86 (Winter/Spring 2018): 1–8. “The Franco-American monument in Québec City lists 168 New England communities that were important migrant destinations, including twenty-one in Vermont. That list is nowhere near exhaustive.”

Pre-Famine Irish in Vermont

Pre-Famine Irish in Vermont

V. E. Feeney, “Pre-Famine Irish in Vermont, 1815–1844,” Vermont History, 74 (Summer/Fall 2006): 101–126. “On the eve of the immense migration of Irish spawned by the Great Famine of the late 1840s there was already a significant Irish presence in the Green Mountain State.”

Making home pay: Italian and Scottish boardinghouse keepers in Barre, 1880-1918

Making home pay: Italian and Scottish boardinghouse keepers in Barre, 1880-1918

Susan Richards, “Making home pay: Italian and Scottish boardinghouse keepers in Barre, 1880-1918,” Vermont History, 74 (Winter/Spring 2006): 48–66. “From 1880 to 1910 between 45 and 51 percent of Barre’s working women earned income from taking in boarders. The high numbers of Barre boardinghouse keepers made it distinctive among communities of its size.”

Maartje L. K. Melchiors, History of a Vermont Granite Town.

Maartje L. K. Melchiors, History of a Vermont Granite Town.

This is a pictoral history. “The rapidly growing population was fueled by the influx of immigrants from Europe who came to Vermont in search of fortune and a better life. The Scottish were the first immigrants to arrive in Barre followed by the Italians…”

Liberian Immigrants in Rhode Island

Liberian Immigrants in Rhode Island

P. Khalil Saucuer, Liberian Immigrants in Rhode Island: The Trauma, the Bliss, and the Dilemma,” 2011. “This paper locates Rhode Island as the hub of Liberian presence in the US and explicates the basis of their concentration in that region. It recognizes the complexity of the dilemma that Liberian migrants face in the US, and silhouettes this against the backdrop of poverty and insecurity of lives and property in Liberia.”