Chinese Exclusion Broadside Analysis

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Racism against Asian American goes deep in American history. Using a broadside in favor of the Chinese Exclusion Act, class members examine clues—with key portions of the document blacked out—to better understand the roots of anti-Asian racism during a period of mass immigration. Responses to prompts may be emailed to the teacher for evaluation. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource to introduce the Chinese Exclusion Act or unit on immigration during the late 1800s
  • Offer the activity as the foundation to a discussion of racism against Asian Americans
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need computer access to examine the document and use the black out activity
  • Activity is engaging and adaptable
  • Primary source is thought provoking
  • None