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Teaching American identity, imperialism, and immigration in the early 20th century

American identity, imperialism, and immigration in the early 20th century

The United States experienced enormous social, geographic, and political changes during the second half of the 1800s. Increased immigration, the beginnings of American imperialism, and the United States’ expansion west resulted in more diversity. With more diversity, the question of what it really means to be American arose, as did the question of how to justify taking over Native American land and Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

American Yawp
Stanford University Press

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Who was deciding what it meant to be an American and how did they define it?
STANDARDS:
RH.2 - Main Ideas, RH.7 - Visual Information, US.07 - Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930), W.4 - Clear writing

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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