Students analyze the social and economic contributions of immigrants to the building of cities and the economy during the Industrial Revolution.
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Identify the new sources of large-scale immigration and locate on a map their countries of origin and where they have tended to settle in large numbers (e.g., Italians, Jews, Poles, Slovaks, Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese).
Explain the ways in which new social and economic patterns encourage assimilation of newcomers into the mainstream amid growing cultural diversity and how this relates to the new wave of nativism.
Identify the role that young immigrant women (e.g., Irish, Italian, and Jewish) played within the expanding garment industry, the harsh conditions that they endured, and the impact their employment had on their families.
Trace the expansion and development of Western railroads (the Transcontinental Railroad), the Golden Spike event (1869), and the role that Chinese immigrant laborers (Central Pacific track) and Irish immigrant laborers (Union Pacific track) played in its construction.
Examine and analyze the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) and its revisions (1884, 1892, and 1902) and the effects that it had on Asian immigrants in the United States.