Melting Pot


In order to understand the motivations for Irish immigration to Lowell, Massachusetts, you will examine a variety of primary and secondary source documents and images. For each item, you will list information gained and conclusions drawn about the political and economic reasons people left Ireland and the social and economic reasons they moved to and later settled in Lowell. Then you will interview an immigrant in your community in order to find out their motivations for leaving home. Develop a list of similarities and differences between your 21st century immigrant and the different types of 19th century Irish immigrants in Lowell. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation illustrating and informing about these comparisons and contrasts as well as your conclusions about the role of immigration in the growth of the United States.