Ch 7  

Changes in American Life 1880-1914

Essential Questions

Why take the risk?

Was it worth it?


Unit Questions

What was it like for immigrants as they traveled to, arrived at, and lived in the United States?

How did the immigration experience differ for different immigrant groups?


Content Questions

Why did immigrants leave their homes to come to the United States between 1870 and 1930?

What was life like for immigrants?What is immigration and emigration?


Immigration vs. Emigration

EmigrationLeave one country to settle in another.

Immigration – to enter a country to settle there.



Check out the BrainPop on Immigration

Can you trace your family tree back to the old country? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby discuss the movement of people from other countries into the United States. You’ll learn all about how immigrants have impacted the growth of the country, from the earliest settlers in the 1600s to the waves of new arrivals in the 19th and 20th centuries. Find out how Ellis Island played such a big role in the history of U.S. immigration. Tim also touches on the immigration debate of today, explaining the forces that continue to push both legal and illegal immigrants into our borders.



A Changing America:

Traveling Steerage

A Day Ellis Island



Ch 7 Vocabulary


1. Hull House

2. Social Gospel

3. Urbanization

4. Slum

5. Tammany hall

6. tenement

7. Political Machine

8. Jane Addams

9. New Immigrants

10. Segregation

11. Melting Pot

12. Chinese Exclusion Act

13. Ellis Island

14. Angel Island

15. Jim Crow

16. racial discrimination

17. assimilation

18. Plessy v Ferguson

19. Booker T Washington

20. W.E.B. Du Bois

21. N.A.A.C.P

22. Ida B. Wells




Hmong Association of Green Bay, Inc. 424 W. Walnut St., Green Bay, WI 920-437-4550

The Peopling of America – This is a site that has a timeline/graph of immigration in America from 1790-2000.

Passenger Search – This is a seach site from Ellis Island. Students can use this to find someone to pretend to be. Try using the advanced search to chose an ethnicity.

Scholastic’s Immigration Page – This page has a story about a boy whose family came from Poland and why they left their country to come to America.

Family histories – This page is about several families and their reasons for coming to America.

Immigration: The Living Mosaic of People, Culture, and Hope – This site has many countries background during immigration time.

Interactive tour of Ellis Island – This goes through Ellis Island and what would happen as immigrant ships came in.

Immigration ThinkQuest - Digital History




Additional Resources
Photo Collections/Primary Sources

Internet Resources
Immigration/Ellis Island

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the significant changes caused by the industrialization, urbanization, and population growth in the United States during the late 19th century and the origin, issues and impact of the progressive movement.


Watch these Oral History Videos

The Oral History of Lawrence Meinwald From Poland

Lawrence Meinwald recalls coming to America from Poland in 1920, at age 6. His family traveled in steerage. Meinwald describes the ship, the sleeping arrangements, the food, and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. (video below)


Paul Luric from Yugoslavia

The Oral History of Lucy Attarian from Turkey