A New America: The Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965

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Many dream of coming to America, but few may enter. The lesson explores the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 and how it changed immigration policies in the United States. Academics learn how immigration quotas impacted Western Europe and Asia. Young historians read text excerpts, study political cartoons, and participate in group discussion to learn how the policy changed American culture and the economy.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 to modern policies 
  • Discuss the pros and cons of imposing immigration quotas 
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the second installment of a three-part series, Becoming US - Policy unit
  • Requires Internet access to use some of the resource materials 
Pros
  • Uses primary sources to enhance learning
  • Highlights the ongoing issue over immigration policies 
Cons
  • None
Common Core