The National Archives [recently] announced that students and history lovers can now explore the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act through two new learning tools. “The Chinese Exclusion Act – Researching in the National Archives” can be downloaded from iBooks. and “The Chinese Exclusion Act” from National Archives and Records Administration on iTunes U.
[Access to the ebook and class are both available for free].
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States. Documents and records of individual case files and Certificates of Residence housed in the National Archives detail the individual stories resulting from this and subsequent legislation.
The book – available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac – weaves together primary source documents from the Immigration Service, custom houses, ports of entry, and Angel Island Immigration Station. It includes interactive features, questions for topic exploration and reflection, transcriptions for highlighting, and review activities.
“The Chinese Exclusion Act” on iTunes U is a self-paced course designed to take 21 weeks. It incorporates the companion book, articles, videos, and assignments. It challenges students to explore, discover, and research in the digitized records of the National Archives to further understand the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act and related legislation.
These new learning tools explore stories about Chinese immigrants through primary source document analysis. These stories also reveal how the democratic rights of American-born children of these Chinese immigrants were affected by Chinese Exclusion laws. Analyzing the stories that emerge from these sources provides perspective on U.S. immigration history.
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Direct to eBook: “The Chinese Exclusion Act – Researching in the National Archives”
Direct to Online Course: The Chinese Exclusion Act