Today we discussed Antebellum immigration, specifically focusing on the massive influx of Irish and Germanic people into the already exploding American population prior to the Civil War. We completed a DocBlock analysis of a Party Platform from the Know Nothing Party and discussed the perception of "whiteness" in the early 1800's in light of the question of whether or not the Irish were considered "white." As I emphasized in class, the Irish suffered through some intense discrimination and maltreatment, but were NEVER slaves, despite the popular online myth promoted by racist memes.
In First and Second periods, we also worked on a causation practice activity linking historical events through "Six Degrees of Separation" to propose and defend historical links. 4th period was short due to the student walk-out and did not complete this activity, but please take some time to look over the causation links you have identified in your chapter notes this unit!
Chapter 11 is due tomorrow, so have those notes ready to go! Also, be working on getting prepared for Monday's Scored Discussion!