Immigration Nation
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Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twenty-First Century

Illustrated by Richard Chapman
What is an immigrant? How have immigrants shaped the United States? Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twenty-First Century invites middle and high school students to explore the history of immigration in the United States and follow the stories of people who have made the journey to this country through the perspectives of immigrants, citizens, policy makers, and border agents.

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What does it mean to be an immigrant today? Has the immigrant experience changed since the last century?

Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twenty-First Century invites middle and high schoolers to explore the history of immigration in the United States, along with immigration law and statistics through the perspectives of immigrants, citizens, policy makers, and border agents.

For more than a century, an immigrant from France has stood vigil in the New York Harbor. At 350 feet tall, with a majestic spiked crown upon her head, a tablet of laws clutched in one hand and a torch held aloft in the other, the lady is hard to miss. She cries out to the world, “Give me your tired, your poor…I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Millions of immigrants have answered the Statue of Liberty’s call, passing over, under, or through the Golden Door to become Americans.

However, on the eve of its 250th birthday, the United States is in the middle of an identity crisis. Should this land of immigrants open the door open to outsiders, people hungry for opportunity and desperate for freedom? Or should the country shut the golden door, barring entry to all but a select few? And what does it mean to be an American? How citizens answer these questions in the early twenty-first century will determine the future of America’s identity.

Immigration Nation includes critical-thinking activities and research exercises to encourage readers to dive deep into the topic and consider viewpoints from many different identities. interesting facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions take readers on an exploration of the past, present, and future of immigration.

Immigration Nation is part of a set of four books called Inquire & Investigate Social Issues of the Twenty-First Century, which explores the social challenges that have faced our world in the past and that continue to drive us to do better in the future. Other titles in this set are Gender Identity, Feminism, and Race Relations.

Try these critical-thinking activities

  • Chart the experience of immigrants who passed through Angel Island
  • Explore individual identity in a nation of immigrants
  • Analyze political cartoons, graffiti, and poetry
  • Calculate the value of the fruit and vegetables harvested by immigrant labor
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History



Process of Legal Immigration Flow Chart

The Golden Door

Chapter 1
A Backward Look

Chapter 2
The Gatekeepers

Chapter 3
The Push and the Pull

Chapter 4
The Welcome Mat

Chapter 5
America’s Changing Face

Chapter 6
Immigration Reform

Chapter 7
Out of Many, One