Education: Document Showcase:

Industrialization & Child Labor in New York

Additional Resources


Blohm, Judith M. and Terri Lapinsky.  Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience.  New York: Intercultural Press, 2006.
Includes 26 personal narratives of young people moving to America from diverse countries and backgrounds.

Geras, Adele.  Voyage.  New York: Harcourt, 2007.
Novel for ages 9-12 describing three children’s sea voyage to America in the early twentieth century.

Hobbs, Will.  Crossing the Wire.  New York: HarperCollins, 2007.
Book for grades 5 and up about a 15 year old boy who makes a perilous border crossing from Mexico to emigrate to the U.S.

Lawlor, Veronica.  I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project.  New York: Puffin, 1997.
Picture book for ages 4-8 including short selections from interviews with immigrants who passed through Ellis Island.

Lord, Bette Bao.  In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.  New York: Harper & Row, 1984.
Book for grades 3-6 about a 10 year old Chinese immigrant who learns to love baseball.

Woodruff, Elvira.  The Memory Coat.  New York: Scholastic Press, 1999.
Picture book about a Russian immigrant boy and  his tattered woolen coat.

Yep, Laurence and Dr. Kathleen S. Yep.  The Dragon’s Child.  New York: HarperCollins, 2008. Book for grades 3-6 that draws on documents and memories to reconstruct the story of the author’s father’s trip to America at the age of 10.

Web Resources

Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electrónica
New York State Archives bilingual web resource that examines the Latino experience in New York through photographs, letters, broadsides, and more.

Throughout the Ages - Immigration Collection
New York State Archives web resource with photographs and customizable worksheets relating to immigration.

BBC - The Famine
BBC website about the history of the Irish famine that led many Irish people to emigrate to the U.S.  Includes interactive games.

Scholastic Teachers: Stories of Yesterday and Today: Immigration
Website about immigration with lots of interactives, including an interactive tour of Ellis Island and a documentation of one boy’s journey from Poland to the U.S.

Immigration Game
Immigration game that asks students to answer multiple choice questions about immigration to complete a puzzle.

PBS Kids: Coming to America
PBS website about immigration for kids.

Library of Congress: Immigration
Library of Congress immigration website.

Harvard Open Collections Program: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
Web-based collection of primary sources materials related to immigration from the Harvard University Library.

Ohio State University: Clash of Cultures
Ohio State University website about immigration at the turn of the 20th century.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
Smithsonian online exhibit about Japanese immigrants in the 20th century.

Social Explorer
Reports and interactive maps using census data from 1790-2000.

The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation
Online searchable database of arrivals to New York from 1892-1924.

National Archives and Records Administration
Information on immigration records held by the National Archives.

Tenement Museum
Lessons developed by the Tenement Museum in New York City.

Immigration to the Golden Land: Jewish Life in America
Thirteen website about the history of Jewish immigration in the U.S.

View of Jewish Russian immigrants at Ellis Island
Photograph from the New York State Archives showing Russian immigrants at Ellis Island.

Immigrants gather luggage at Ellis Island
Photograph from the New York State Archives showing immigrants gathering luggage at Ellis Island.