Irish Immigration

Scoring elements of Northeast Lakeview’s Social Responsibility Rubric are listed in italics before the elements
that comprise them below. Your score will be determined by how well you satisfy these elements. The Social
Responsibility Rubric is linked the document to give you clear descriptions of what quality of submission will
earn ratings of poor, fair, good and excellent.
Purpose: To enable students to relate their coursework to real world problems and increase student
accountability in seeking solutions to those problems
Introduction: You are a member of a committee tasked with planning a museum dedicated to the history of
immigration throughout U.S. history. Your specific job is to plan the exhibit that will document the experience of
Irish immigrants in the 19th century, with a particular focus on the nativist reaction to the Irish. Your Social
Responsibility Assignment will require you to submit a typed proposal for this exhibit.
To construct a well-organized assignment, follow the steps below in order. Make sure to address each question
directly. The structure and mechanics of your paper are of less importance than your ability to address the
issues presented below.
Step One: Ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities: To understand the context
of Irish Immigration in the 19th century, please read the relevant sections from your textbook (Chapter 8, pp.
341-345). Begin your proposal by describing your intended goal for this museum exhibit. What message do
you hope to convey? Who is your intended audience? How will you reach out to individuals who are skeptical
about the value of immigration in our country?
Step Two: Knowledge of civic responsibility: What connection will you hope your audience will make between
the experience of Irish immigrants in the 19th century and the experience of immigrants today? How can our
knowledge and understanding of immigration in the past help us to make decisions about immigration today
that are more informed? What are the lessons that we learn from the story of Irish immigration?
Step Three: Intercultural competence: Refer to the linked 19th century anti-immigration cartoons(see bottom of
instruction for links). These political cartoons highlight nativist attitudes the Irish encountered. What arguments
or assumptions did native-born Americans make in rejecting Irish newcomers? What were the fears of nativists
about the Irish? What recurring patterns occur in the hesitation with which resident Americans have viewed the
acceptance of newcomers? How will this exhibit promote greater engagement with America’s diverse heritage
of immigrants?
Format: Your work is to be typed, double-spaced in 12-point font with 1” margins, left aligned and indent the
first line of each paragraph one-half inch. Write in a manner that is appropriate for an academic paper in the
subject of history (Links to an external site.)
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“American citizens! We appeal to you in all calmness. Is it not time to pause?” by J.E. Farwell & Co. (1852)
“The Propagation Society, More Free than Welcome,” by N. Currier (1855) (Links to an external site.)
“The Day We Celebrate” by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly (April 6, 1867) (Links to an external site.)
“The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things” by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly (September 2, 1871) (Links to an external site.)
“The American River Ganges” by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly (September 30, 1871) (Links to an external site.) 
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“Killing the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg,” by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly (November 11, 1871) (Links to an external site.)
“The Ignorant Vote…” by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly (December 9, 1876) (Links to an external
“The Mortar of Assimilation,” from Puck magazine (June 1889)
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