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Immigration and 1920s KKK: Teaching with Primary Source Documents
How do hate groups influence mainstream narratives and government policy? Historian Jill Weiss Simins and educator Adam Strom will use primary source documents from 1920s Indiana to illustrate the outsized impact the Ku Klux Klan had on policy and the lasting effect on immigration restrictions. Join Re-Imagining Migration, the Indiana Historical Bureau and The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute for a free, interactive webinar on Tuesday, March 16 at 1:00 PM EDT.

This free webinar will guide participants through “100% American: Ku Klux Klan and Immigration in the 1920s,” an educational resource produced by Re-Imagining Migration and the Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library. Participants will draw connections between primary source documents from the 1920s KKK, as well as hate propaganda at other points in U.S. history, to understand how extremist messages continue to impact rhetoric and policy today. Participants will learn strategies for critically analyzing primary source documents and promoting thoughtful connections between past and present with their students.

Participants will:
• Gain an understanding of public messages about migration from the 1920s to today
• Explore the connections between the KKK and immigration policy
• Learn how to engage students in a critical analysis of primary source documents
• Develop strategies for creating respectful dialogues in the classroom

This interactive webinar is geared toward grades eight through 12 but is applicable to lower grades levels and adult education as well. Librarians, administrators, counsellors and program managers will also benefit. It is free of charge but you must register to participate. Certificates of completion are available by request.

Mar 16, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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