Immigration

Forgotten Neighbors: Idaho's Chinese Immigrants | Idaho Experience

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Chinese immigrants came to Idaho in the tens of thousands. They helped build its infrastructure. Then almost all of them returned home, leaving little more than traces. Join Idaho Experience as we piece together those fragments to tell the story of these anonymous Chinese immigrant workers.  

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Grassroots Organizing: Creating and Sustaining a Vision for Great Public Schools | The Long View

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Grassroots organizing of parents and students in Oakland and around the country provides a vital counterbalance to the destabilizing influence of disinvestment and privatization on school systems and communities. Across the country, organizing is an essential tool for elevating the voices of low-income communities and communities of color in the conversation about public education. As Dr. Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA, says in The Long View, ‘The most important thing we have to learn is that the community can’t just leave decision-making up to the Board and the Superintendent. The public’s role is critical, and in order for the public to be heard, the public has to be organized.”

Old Ranches and New Development | America's Heartland

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Travel to Gardnerville, Nevada, and meet two ranchers who are deciding whether to maintain their rural lifestyles or sell out to encroaching housing developments.

Learners Facing Challenges

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This collection highlights videos produced by Producers Workshop filmmakers for CPB's American Graduate initiative. These close-up stories focus on the challenges facing high school students across America - Native American, Latino, Asian American, more. How can they and their communities break through the obstacles so the students can succeed and graduate?

Cecilia Chen's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

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This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Cecilia Chen, a fourth-generation Chinese-American from San Francisco. Chen hopes to solve a family rumor that traces their lineage to an infamous gangster in San Francisco, Big Jim Chin. Genealogist Joshua Taylor examines old immigration records in the context of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to help Chen and her family find some answers.

Triangle Fire: Immigrant Workers & the American Dream

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In the early 20th Century, European immigrants, mostly women and young girls, worked in the garment district of New York City to support their families. Excerpted from, American Experience: “Triangle Fire.”

Italian Passage | Genealogy Roadshow

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Learn about the difficulties that 19th century Italian immigrants faced on their trip to America, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society | Genealogy Roadshow

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The New England Historic Genealogical Society contains some of oldest documents in the United States, making it a distinctly important resource for genealogists. Learn more about genealogy research and working with primary resources with this clip from season 3 of Genealogy Roadshow.

Emma Goldman: A New Generation of Radicals

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American Anarchists in the 1880’s were a small but powerful movement who advocated radical ideals of universal human equality, education for all, and an end to state governmen. Video from American Experience: “Emma Goldman.”

Helvetia: A Swiss Community

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Trace the settlement, history, and current status of the Swiss community, Helvetia, WV.

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