Immigration, Urbanization, and Identity
The Progressive Era City
Key Learning Targets
- Examine the challenge for immigrants who were assimilating to a new culture while maintaining their cultural identity.
- Compare and contrast urban centers as hubs for jobs and economic opportunity, but also places of poor sanitation and horrible living conditions.
- Investigate the working conditions in factories that put the health of children in jeopardy.
- Be able to discuss the reasons why people organized labor movements to effect change.
- Learn how photographic images contribute to our understanding of historical eras.
Middle & High School
English Language Arts
- The rapid urbanization caused by waves of immigrants coming from eastern and southern Europe, as well as from China, from the 1880s–1920s
- Child labor practices that were commonplace in mills, factories, and mines
- Immigrants struggling to maintain their cultural identity in the midst of creating a new home in the United States