Immigration and 1920s KKK:
Teaching with Primary Source Documents
How do hate groups influence mainstream opinions and government policy? Re-Imagining Migration, the Indiana Historical Bureau and The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute held a free, interactive webinar on this topic on Tuesday, March 16 at 1:00 PM EDT. A free recording and resources will be available soon.
This free webinar guides participants through “100% American: Ku Klux Klan and Immigration in the 1920s,” an educational resource produced by Re-Imagining Migration and the Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library. Historian Jill Weiss Simins and educator Adam Strom use primary source documents from 1920s Indiana to illustrate the lasting impact the Ku Klux Klan had on public policy and restrictive immigration regulations. They examine primary source documents from the 1920s KKK, as well as hate propaganda at other points in United States history, to understand how extremist messages continue to impact rhetoric and policy today. Using these materials, you will learn strategies for teaching critical analyses of primary source documents and promoting thoughtful connections between the past and present with your students.
- Gain an understanding of public messages about migration from the 1920s to today
- Explore the connections between the KKK and immigration policy
- Learn how to engage students in a critical analysis of primary source documents
- Develop strategies for creating respectful dialogues in the classroom
This interactive webinar is geared toward grades eight through 12 teachers but is applicable to lower grade levels and adult educators as well. Librarians, administrators, counsellors and program managers will also benefit. Certificates of completion are available by request.