Analyzing Anti-Immigrant Attitudes in Political Cartoons

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Analyzing Anti-Immigrant Attitudes in Political Cartoons

During periods of mass migration, newcomers have often been met with skepticism and distrust. This lesson uses anti-immigrant political cartoons that targeted Chinese, Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants to help students identify patterns of anti-immigrant prejudice from the 19th and 20th century and their echoes today. In doing so, students will practice several key historical thinking skills, including the ability to interpret primary documents and recognize historical continuities and changes.

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