Photograph of Lee Tso attached to his identification papers

Questioning Chinese Exclusion: The “Chinese Village” at the 1899 National Export Exposition

In this guest post, teacher Maria Adamson shares techniques for drawing students into the messiness of history, and giving them practice asking critically minded questions of the sources they encounter. Using this approach, she developed two new teaching activities focusing on identification papers of several Chinese people who were "on exhibit" in an ethnographic display in Philadelphia in 1899.

Boy with dirty face and kerosene headlamp on his head

Teaching Resources for the Progressive Era, 1920s, Immigration, and a Changing America

Access primary sources and teaching activities for the Progressive Era, the 1920s, immigration, and a changing America at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.

Images from Nixon Visits China activity

At-Home Learning Activities for High School

Check out these online resources for teaching American history or government to high school students.

Join us at NCSS!

Our sessions cover the Bill of Rights, the amendment process, civics, and teaching NHD and C3 with primary sources.

Digitizing Chinese Immigration in Our New Innovation Hub

Educators came to research our holdings to find and digitize documents for lessons and activities on Chinese immigration.