Guiding Questions:

Why did immigrants become American citizens?

What factors made immigrants choose to stay in America or leave and return to their home country?

What does it mean to be an American citizen and what roles and responsibilities come with the rights of being an American Citizen?

Introduction

Certificate of Nationality

"From 1840-1920, nearly 40 million immigrants arrived in the United States, most through the processing center at Ellis Island. This great wave doubled our young country's population and helped to shape our national identity."1 For those immigrants who came to the United States c. 1900, they could choose to stay, to stay and become a citizen, or return home, if their finances allowed. What would attract immigrants to becoming U.S. citizens, then and now? How does the process of becoming a citizen work and what roles and responsibilities come with the rights of being an American Citizen? What would you choose to do in this situation?

 

1. "Immigration: Then and Now" from Scholastic.com

Header Image: Flag, from The Patriot's Creed; retrieved from Library of Congress

Inline Image: Certificate of Nationality; retrieved from Library of Congress