How did global events impact immigration policies and attitudes in the United States in the 19th and early 20th century

Paper details:



The paper will build upon the knowledge learned in this course by answering the above prompt.

Students must answer the prompt in thesis statements for each essay – underlined in the submission. The rest of the essay should serve to advance this thesis that answers the prompt.

Students must use assigned materials from all three categories in each essay.

Assigned reading

At least one primary source

At least one secondary source


Video Lectures

Sources must be clearly cited using MLA (Links to an external site.) or Chicago Style (Links to an external site.) (the latter is required for History majors)

The citations should be specific as possible (for readings this includes the author’s last name and page number, for multimedia the title of the podcast/video is sufficient, and for lecture it should include the date). Specific evidence includes brief quotes (no more than 3 lines).

Quoted, paraphrased, and summarized information from a specific source requires citation.

Works Cited/Bibliography is not required.

Avoid outside research – this is meant to demonstrate what you have learned from assigned material. That said, if you want to use material you are already familiar with in addition to required sources you may do so.

To support your argument, provide analysis of the examples that provide explanation and connection to the thesis.

Strong essays will be organized chronologically and engage with multiple groups of people living in America that identify as immigrants or that native-born white Americans label as “outsider” or “other.” Strong essays will also make connections to ideas and concepts covered in the corresponding two weeks of the course.

The essay should not try to engage with every part of the course covered thus far. Rather it should reflect the ability to select the sections and examples most pertinent to the argument.



Students will use assigned material from the course to develop a clear historical argument.

Students will make connections of ideas, themes, and sources covered throughout the corresponding two weeks of the summer session.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of idea(s) of immigration, outsider, nativism, race, and/or ethnicity in the context of class.

Skills & Knowledge:


Upon completing this assignment, students will demonstrate an understanding how immigration has changed over periods of American history through an opportunity to develop written communication skills building an argument and using evidence and analysis that are applicable in both future academic and professional settings



4-6 pages, typed, double-spaced (font size 12pt, Times New Roman preferable), 1 inch margins, with page numbers

Answers prompt in a clear thesis (underlined).