Immigration and 1920s KKK: Teaching with Primary Source Documents 

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. View the recordings.

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.

You will:

  • 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. 

Technical requirements: 

  • An internet connection
  • Speakers or phone
    • To join by phone, download the free Zoom app for iPhone or Android prior to the webinar.
    • You may be prompted to authorize a Zoom plug-in


Jill Weiss Simins, Public Historian, Indiana Historical Bureau

Adam StromAdam Strom, Executive Director, Re-Imagining Migration

Denzil MohammedDenzil Mohammed, Director, The ILC Public Education Institute

This is the latest free webinar hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute. View recordings and resources from past webinars on immigrant integration, education and research including our 2020 Immigrant Student Success online workshop.

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