New York’s Lady Liberty: The Statue of Liberty’s Seen and Unseen Symbolism | BRIdge from the Past
What does the Statue of Liberty tell us about the concept of liberty? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary explores images of the Statue of Liberty and how the symbolism of Lady Liberty extends beyond just what is visible. A gift from the people of France, the Statue of Liberty has stood tall for over 135 years on Liberty Island. What does the history of New York City’s iconic monument reveal about its meaning? What do its physical features and construction suggest about France’s intention when gifting it to America?
Immigration and Citizenship
Immigration has had and continues to have a profound impact on the United States. Immigration and Citizenship in America examines the story of immigration in the United States by reviewing the nature of immigration and giving students tools to analyze the history of immigration both through the social history and the legal and policy debates from the Founding until the present. With this context in mind, students are better able to engage in the modern debates regarding immigration. Students will understand the factors that led early immigrants to the United States and the challenges they faced upon arrival. They will analyze how American lawmakers viewed immigrants and the evolving nature of immigration policy. Finally, students will use this knowledge to prepare and present their own plan for immigration policies.
Continuity and Change: Immigration in the United States
Use this lesson toward the end of the unit with the Barack Obama, Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2004 Primary Source to discuss the idea of the "American Dream" and its impact on immigration.
Monuments and Memory: The Dedication of the Lincoln Memorial | BRIdge from the Past
What does the Lincoln Memorial mean to us today? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary examines images of the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial as it celebrates its one-hundredth anniversary in 2022. What do these images reveal about the state of the country in 1922? Has the meaning of this memorial changed since then?