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Exclusion and Empire, 1898–1941

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Often forgotten and written off as the model minority, Americans with heritage in Asia and the Pacific Islands have played an important role in American history, including Congress. Budding historians reclaim history by researching the lives of these Americans and situating them in a larger picture of racism and xenophobia in America between the Spanish American War and World War II. After completing their research, class members choose from a variety of activities including role-playing scenarios and creating a museum exhibit.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research American Congressional delegates of Asian and Pacific Islander descent 
  • Develop a museum exhibit to showcase their life and service
Classroom Considerations
  • First in a three-part series on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress 
  • Lesson includes a variety of suggested activities, making the lesson easily adaptable
  • Included essays are well researched 
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