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Immigration and the American Civil War Era

Grade Level Grades 5-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan


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In a secondary-level study of the Civil War, an entirely internal conflict as it is typically understood, the contributions and perspectives of immigrants are easy to overlook. With this lesson bundle, we closely examine the immigration landscape of the time period and how immigrants and immigration affected national politics and events in significant ways. Both of the lesson plans, “The Know-Nothing Party and Nativism” and “Immigrant Soldiers in the Civil War,” are designed to be flexible and adaptable based on the needs of your class, offering options such as multiple leveled texts and supporting both in-person and online class activities. Additionally, each lesson includes suggested resources for further exploration.



Teaching Immigration and the American Civil War (2).pdf

Lesson Plan
June 29, 2023
9.9 MB
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