History of Immigration

This subtopic of the History & Genealogy module covers the history of immigration to the United States from the 19th Century to the present.


Key Resources

Shaped by primary sources in the Library of Congress collections, this site provides an introduction to the study of immigration and focuses on the immigrant groups that arrived in the greatest numbers during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Library of Congress holds one of the largest library collections in the world. This page provides research aids for using the collection for resources on immigration. Keep in mind the Library of Congress is mainly a book collection, so little is available online. But, as with the National Archives, the Library provides extensive reseach aids.

This site from the American Memory project provides a collection of primary documents, including photographs.

This site from the National Park Services provides an overview of the place where 40% of Americans can trace their ancestry.

  • The Immigration Act of 1965

From the Department of State, this web site covers U.S. immigration policy prior to the Immigration Act of 1965 and how that legislation changed immigration and the face of the nation.

A fact sheet outlining the comprehensive Immigration reform outlined by President Bush in 2005.

Based on data collected in censuses and surveys, the U.S. Census Bureau provides estimates of net international migration for the nation, states and counties in the United States.

This web site from the Library of Congress' "The Learning Page" provides a lesson plan for students to have a "genuine experience of oral history in order to appreciate the process of historiography.