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National History Day: Chinese Exclusion Act

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection brings together EDSITEment and Smithsonian resources to support the initial research into a project for National History Day.  While originally created for the 2018 theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History," resources found in this collection are useful for researching other National History Day themes. 

These resources - including digital exhibitions, photographs, documents, and lesson plans - help explore the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), a United States Federal Law restricting immigration of all Chinese laborers and the first law implemented to prevent a specific ethnic group from immigrating to the United States.  Resources highlight the lives of Chinese-American families and racism in American advertisements from the Act's enactment to its repeal in 1943. The second tile of this collection contains questions to help with the analysis of photograph, document, artwork, portrait and object resources. The third tile contains a graphic organizer, created by National History Day, to help explore historical context and the "Conflict and Compromise in History" theme.

By no means is this collection comprehensive; instead, it provides a launching point for further research.

This collection was created in collaboration with EDSITEment, a website for K-12 educators from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tags: prejudice, discrimination; immigration; china; asia; asian; chinese-american; asian-american; 19th century; 1800s; 20th century; 1900s; national endowment for the humanities; apa; asian pacific american; nhd; #NHD2018; #NHD; #APA2018

Wong Chin Foo

National Portrait Gallery

Chinese Wok, c. 1800s

National Museum of American History

1906 Chinese Immigrant’s Lacquer Trunk

National Museum of American History

1915 - 1925 Chinese American Girl's Trousers

National Museum of American History

Chinese-American Shop Sign

National Museum of American History

1919 Chinese American Baby Bonnet

National Museum of American History

1895 - 1896 Chinese American Man's Gown

National Museum of American History

1895 - 1900 Chinese American Man's Slippers

National Museum of American History

Circa 1930 Women's Gown (cheong sam)

National Museum of American History

The Chinese Exclusion Act at History Film Forum 2017

National Museum of American History

Dotchin or "opium scale"—What's in a name?

National Museum of American History