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ERIC Number: EJ1173500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2327-3585
Using History to Inform the Modern Immigration Debate in the United States
McCorkle, William David
Journal of International Social Studies, v8 n1 p149-167 2018
The contentious modern immigration debate in the United States is often void of historical context and thus filled with fallacious narratives. To confront this trend, social studies educators should place the issues of modern immigration within their proper historical framework. This paper looks at three primary themes educators can explore: the increasingly restrictive immigration system, the similarities between the past and present in relation to xenophobic and nativist beliefs and movements, and the changes immigrants have continuously brought to American society. By exploring both the historical continuity and contrasts, students can begin to obtain a more nuanced and embracive view of immigration. History is a powerful tool that educators can employ to undermine increasingly popular xenophobic rhetoric and policies and help lead students towards a vision of social justice.
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Language: English
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