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Immigration, Urbanization, and Identity

The Progressive Era City


National History Standard (NCHS)

U.S. History Standards, Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870–1900):

  • Standard 1: How the rise of corporations, heavy industry, and mechanized farming transformed the American people
  • Standard 2: Massive immigration after 1870 and how new social patterns, conflicts, and ideas of national unity developed amid growing cultural diversity
  • Standard 3: The rise of the American labor movement and how political issues reflected social and economic changes

U.S. History Standards, Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890–1930) Standard 1: How Progressives and others addressed problems of industrial capitalism, urbanization, and political corruption

Common Core


CCSS RH.9-10.6: Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts

CCSS RH.9-10.9: Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources

English Language Arts

CCSS RL.9-10.7: Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment

CCSS W.9-10.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence

Grade Level

Middle & High School

Classroom Connections

English Language Arts
Social Studies
U.S. History

Curriculum Snapshot

  • 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


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