The period around World War I in the United States is often broadly associated with immigration. Immigration was higher in the early 1900s than it ever had been due to both favorable attitudes and conditions in the U.S. as well as upheaval in Europe that forced many Europeans to seek a better life across the Atlantic. The war itself was a large-scale, intercontinental conflict that caused a great deal of migration and which solidified relationships, whether friendly or not, between the United States and many European countries.
With this resource, we closely examine the immigration landscape of the time and how immigrants and immigration affected, and were affected by, national politics and events in significant ways. Both lesson plans, “Anti-German Sentiment at Home” and “Immigration After the Great War,” are designed to be flexible and adaptable based on the needs of your class. They include options such as multiple-leveled texts and both in-person and online class activities. Each can stand alone in one or two class periods, or each could be used together as fits into the existing scope and sequence of the course.