Immigration in U.S. History: Through the Eye of Editorial Cartoons

History Teaching Institute, Ohio State University. “Immigration in U.S. History: Through the Eye of Editorial Cartoons.” Generally students focus more on the causes of immigration and the perspectives of the immigrants themselves in a segmented, period by period view of immigration. This should have already been covered in class. In this lesson, students will relate the past of U.S. immigration to the present media conversation through a thematic, domestic perspective. Through an analysis of political cartoons dealing with immigration and racism from the 19th century through the present, students will make inferences about the opinions, biases and fears of Americans of these periods relating to the social, political, and economic effects of immigration. 9th grade