Guiding Questions:

How did new immigrants express their experiences of coming and living in America?

What was life like for working and living in cities during the industrial revolution?

What patterns of immigration are visible in the Boston’s North End?

What are some of the changes brought about by Industrial Revolution in the Boston’s North End?

Introduction

The United States has been called a melting pot made up of immigrants from all over the world. You, yourself, probably have descendants who immigrated here from somewhere else. You know some information through your family members about your ethnic heritage and ancestors but you would like to find out more. Where were your ancestors from? When did they come over to this country? Why? What was it like to be an immigrant at the time? What customs or traditions did they celebrate and were pass down to you? What do you know about your cultural heritage?

Hanover and Court St, North End of Boston

In this lesson, you will explore immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1800's and early 1900's and settled in the North End neighborhood of Boston. Our goal is to try to determine the living and working conditions of these immigrants. Was the move to America easy? What was it like to be an immigrant during this time?

The information that you gather will be used to create a visual display for a school exhibition on cultural heritage. In addition, you will gather some information at home about the heritage of your distant family members who immigrated to America and you will search for any documentation of their coming to America and becoming citizens. Some research will be conducted through online database on immigration. You will also search for any pictures and stories that were passed down to you. Lastly, images, stories and documentation will be arranged in a unique way to make a visual display to exhibit at school for Cultural Heritage Day.

Header Images: Excerpt from Noah Lincoln House, North Bennet and Salem Streets, from Boston Public Library Print Department; retrieved from Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license; also located at Flickr; Excerpt from USA, Boston, Hannoverstrasse, attibuted to Bundesarchiv, Bild 137-047635 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA; retrieved from Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license

Inline Image: Hanover Street from Court Street, from Boston Public Library Print Department; retrieved from Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license; original stereograph located at Flickr