Immigration

The Boettchers | Colorado Experience

Icon: 
Streaming icon

With a pioneering spirit and an entrepreneurial drive, Charles Boettcher became a leading businessman in Colorado, establishing The Great Western Sugar Company, Ideal Cement, and The Denver Tramway Company, before passing the business on to his son, Claude. Discover the rags-to-riches tale of one of Colorado’s most pioneering families, both in business and philanthropy.

Ethics and Laws

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Learn how Louis Dershowitz, grandfather of attorney Alan Dershowitz, helped relatives escape from Nazi persecution in this video from Finding Your Roots. As the Nazis spread their anti-Semitic policies in Europe, many Jews wanted to escape to safety. Immigration quotas enacted in the 1920s made it difficult for immigrants to enter the United States, so Louis Dershowitz submitted false documents to help his relatives enter the country. Use the “Teaching about Ethics and Laws” guide in the Support Materials section to help students understand ethical choices and how they relate to laws. 

Regional Realism | American Passages: Unit 8

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Delve into the writings of Mark Twain, Charles W. Chesnutt, and Kate Chopin in this half-hour video from the American Passages series. American culture was changing rapidly in the post-Civil War era: new technologies such as the telegraph and the railroad bound the continent together, postwar racial tensions brought the issue of the "color line" to the forefront of American consciousness, and a new commitment to realistic representation transformed literary style. Writers responded to these cultural developments by producing texts that paid close attention to the specifics of people and place in particular regions of the country, evoking the distinctive culture of areas of America that had not been previously represented.

Social Realism | American Passages: Unit 9

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Explore the writings and social realism of Edith Wharton and Anzia Yezierska in this half-hour video from the American Passages series. In the decades between 1890 and 1920, America was transformed into an industrial, urban, consumer society. This transformation created unprecedented opportunities for the acquisition of wealth, but also enabled the exploitation of large classes of people. Immigrants arrived in waves from eastern and southern Europe and in many cases they found only poverty and inequity in America. Writers responded to the rapidly shifting class and social structure they saw around them by producing texts that realistically depicted both the problems and the promise of industrial, urban America.

Rhythms in Poetry | American Passages: Unit 10

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Lean about Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance through the poetry of T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Langston Hughes in this half-hour video from American Passages. This video focuses on the effects of the Great Migration, urbanization, the rapid technological change of ordinary life, and racial prejudice. Centering on Hughes, Williams, and Eliot, the film shows how different strands of modernism developed and influenced one another.

The UCLA Special Collections | Genealogy Roadshow

Icon: 
Streaming icon

A photo morgue is a massive collection of photographs used by newspapers throughout history. The photographs offer visual details about our past and are amazing tools in genealogical research. Learn more about the photo morgue at the UCLA Special Collections with this clip from season 3 of Genealogy Roadshow.

Coal Mining Towns | Iowa Pathways

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Coal mines could be found in the south-central part of Iowa in the 1800s. In the 1850s, coal mining became an important industry. Many immigrants worked in the coal mines of Iowa.

Nebraska History Moments in Social Studies: History

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Nebraska fun facts that are historical, art related, science and literature based. Falls under standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

Birds of Passage

Icon: 
Streaming icon

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, millions of migrant laborers traveled from Southern Italy to the United States. While some returned home, others stayed. All contributed to the growth of the young nation.

Researching Your Foreign Heritage | Genealogy Roadshow

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Explore the best methods to research your genealogy in other countries, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow. This clip focuses on Italian heritage, but you will learn about the kinds of records that are kept in other countries.

Pages