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ERIC Number: EJ765178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Immigrant and Ethnic History in the United States Survey
Vecchio, Diane C.
History Teacher, v37 n4 p494-500 Aug 2004
During the last 25 years, there has been a serious effort by scholars and teachers to introduce race, gender and ethnicity into the United States survey. While courses and curriculum have been transformed by the integration of race and gender, how much progress has been made integrating immigration and ethnicity? Considering the current atmosphere of hostility toward immigrants, one might conclude that there is a failure in educating the public about immigration to the United States. Integrating issues of immigration and ethnicity into the United States survey presents similar challenges and considerations as do race and gender. While these topics are generally discussed in the survey course, they are often treated in limited, marginal ways. Now, more than ever, significant changes must be made in the way immigration and ethnicity are taught in the United States survey. In this article, the author addresses three topics which must be considered in order to transform the survey to better include immigrants, immigration and ethnicity: (1) current research in immigration history; (2) how topics of immigration and ethnicity are now commonly taught in the United States survey; and (3) recommendations for integrating immigration and ethnicity into the United States survey course. The need to integrate issues of immigration and ethnicity in the United States survey is more important than ever. A better knowledge of the nation's immigrant past equips Americans with the ability to understand the impact of immigration in contemporary America. Successful integration of social history--when effectively introduced in AP courses at the high school level--may stimulate students to desire to pursue further history courses in college. (Contains 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States