Immigration Policy in American History
Thursday, August 22-Friday, August 23, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Registration fee: $40

Massachusetts Historical Society
Center for the Teaching of History
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Contact us at 617-646-0588 or

This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).


This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and
its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston
in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement,
and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on
items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

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